Interstate 95 south at the Combahee River was closed for an hour following a high speed MVA involving a semi-truck that struck a tree. The accident occurred April 22, 2024, at 1604, near the 40 milemarker southbound, just south of the Colleton/Hampton County line (Combahee River) near the 40 milemarker in Hampton County. Hampton County Fire units requested mutual aid for an extrication. The Freightliner truck, pulling a 53-foot trailer loaded with fiberglass, left the roadway at a high rate of speed, went down the embankment and struck a large pine tree in the median. The truck and trailer suffered massive damage, with the trailer breaking apart and the load of fiberglass being expelled into the wooded median. The cab wrapped around the tree resulting in the unrestrained driver being heavily entrapped approximately 10 feet off the ground. Firefighter-Paramedics used a variety of Holmatro Rescue Tools and a reciprocating saw to gain access to the driver, who had miraculously survived the collision. He was unconscious and in critical condition. The CARE Flight medical helicopter was requested and performed a landing on 1-95 at the accident site. The extrication took approximately 15 minutes. Using a ladder for support, the driver was extricated on a spine board and Stoke’s basket, then brought to the ground. He was moved to the Hampton County EMS unit and transported to the helicopter. The patient required advanced airway care prior to departing the scene. CARE Flight flew the man to the Trauma Center at Trident Medical Center in North Charleston. After the helicopter left, one lane of 1-95 was reopened. The South Carolina Highway Patrol and Transport Police were investigating the accident.

– Courtesy of Colleton County Fire-Rescue