Tractor-Trailer Runs Off Road on I-95 in Colleton County, South Carolina
COLLETON COUNTY, SC. – According to an online news report posted by counton2.com, a tractor-trailer ran off the road on Interstate 95 in Colleton County, South Carolina, and crashed into a wooded area. The rig was carrying a load of frozen beef trim, which flew up toward the cab during the impact.*
Colleton County Fire Rescue reports that the cab of the tractor-trailer was crumpled during the crash, and about 50 boxes of frozen beef trim that the rig was carrying had flown forward. The sleeper of the tractor-trailer had been pushed out of the truck, and the driver was trapped inside the cab, according to officials.
Firefighters arrived to find that bystanders were throwing the boxes of beef off of the truck to try to gain access to the driver. The dash was pushed toward the floor, causing the driver’s legs to be pinned. Crews used multiple kinds of tools to free the driver, and the process took several hours.
News 2 reports that the driver sustained injuries and was transported to MUSC’s trauma center by way of a medical helicopter. He was not identified, and his current condition has not been reported. Crews pulled a dog from the tractor-trailer, as well, the report said, and it had sustained non-life threatening injuries.
South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the collision, the cause of which is unknown at this time.
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