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Deadly Crash on South Arant St.

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Deadly Crash on South Arant St.

Responders from Pageland Rescue, Jefferson Rescue, High Point Fire District, Pageland Fire Department and First Health EMS responded to a report of a head on vehicle crash on South Arant Street Saturday afternoon. First arriving responders faced an angry crowd of bystanders that tried to prevent them from reaching one of the vehicles. The situation escalated to the point that bystanders were beating the side of one of the rescue trucks as it arrived forcing the driver to lock himself in the truck and preventing the start of rescue operations. Officers from the Pageland Police Department and the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department arrived and were able disperse the crowd and allow responders to begin rescue operations. Once responders could safely get into the scene they found that two 4 door sedans had hit head on causing one of the cars to roll onto its roof. The driver of the overturned car had sustained life threatening injuries and was pinned in the wreckage. Rescuers from Pageland Rescue and High Point Fire had to support the car with struts to prevent it from collapsing on the driver. The jaws of life were then used to cut away the doors, door post, and move the dash. “This would have been a complicated rescue if the car was upright. The car being upside down made it even more difficult” says Pageland Rescue Training Officer Joey Hendrix. The driver was treated on scene by First Health EMS Paramedics and transport to the Pageland Community Center where the Pageland Fire Department had set up a landing zone for a Med Center Air helicopter. The driver was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. The driver of the other car was also pined in the wreckage and was pronounced dead on the scene. The crash is being investigated by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

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