2015-12-28 / Front Page

Occupants entrapped by accidents

By TIM GULLA
Ledger Staff Writer


This vehicle was involved in a collision at Hyatt Street and the Interstate 85 South exit ramp. It was one of two Christmas Eve accidents that required firefighters to use extrication equipment to free trapped occupants. 
(Ledger photo / TIM GULLA) This vehicle was involved in a collision at Hyatt Street and the Interstate 85 South exit ramp. It was one of two Christmas Eve accidents that required firefighters to use extrication equipment to free trapped occupants. (Ledger photo / TIM GULLA) Thankfully no serious injuries were reported. But in less that a 2-hour time frame on Christmas Eve, City of Gaffney firefighters had to deal with two separate accidents that involved confirmed entrapment.

The first occurred just before 8 a.m. when two vehicles were involved in a collision at Hyatt Street and the Interstate 85 South exit ramp.

Gaffney Fire Lt. Doug Bowers said the female driver of a Saturn sedan involved in the collision was entrapped in her vehicle and firefighters had to cut open the entire driver’s side. Once firefighters removed the doors, Bowers said, paramedics from Upstate Carolina EMS moved in to provide patient care.

The woman, whose name was not immediately available, was transported by ambulance to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Her injuries were not believed to be lifethreatening.

The second accident occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m. when three vehicles were involved in a collision at Wilkinsville Highway and East Junior High Road.

One of the three cars involved in the collision, a silver-colored Chevrolet, suffered damage on both the driver and passenger sides and Bowers said the driver was entrapped despite suffering only minor injuries.

Firefighters used hydraulic tools to force open the driver’s side door so paramedics could tend to the man.

The drivers of the other two vehicles that got caught up in the incident reportedly were uninjured.

The driver who was extricated, whose name was not immediately available, was taken to Mary Black Health System — Gaffney.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol was called in to investigate both accidents.

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