Posted on: June 14, 2011
A driver was rescued from a fiery wreck Saturday by the actions of three Good Samaritans who happened upon the nighttime crash scene in rural Colleton County, report news sources .
According to authorities, shortly after 9 p.m., the Ladson man was driving a Honda vehicle on Sydneys Road when the vehicle ran through the intersection with S.C. Highway 61, severed a small live oak tree and flipped into a metal carport, coming to rest on its passenger side. The driver became trapped inside the vehicle.
A man, a 48-year-old pastor, and his 25-year-old daughter saw a “streak of light” that turned out to be the wrecked vehicle. After calling 911, the pastor, who noticed a fire start in the wrecked vehicle, attempted to pull the trapped motorist to safety. With the aid of another passerby, the driver was partially extracted via the crashed car’s sunroof as flames began to consume the car. The car exploded, and seeming forced the motorist into the arms of the impromptu rescue party.
Arriving paramedics transported to driver, who was charged with driving under the influence and failing to wear a seatbelt, to the hospital where he was listed in critical condition, but expected to make a full recovery.
As an Orangeburg auto accident lawyer , I know very well that this story could have had a very different outcome. I laud the Good Samaritans, and wish the driver a rapid recovery from his injuries. Being an Orangeburg personal injury attorney , I am also aware of the dangers of driving under the influence. I urge motorists never to drink and drive.