3 vehicles crash on the Bell Bridge

(Photo: City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department)

Firefighters rescued 1 patient on the Bell Bridge using the Jaws of Life following a 3 vehicle accident.

Firefighters from the City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department responded to the crash at 2200 Ribaut Road (Bell Bridge) at about 3:30 Sunday afternoon.

Fire officials said they found a 3 vehicle accident with 1 patient trapped inside a vehicle.

A small pickup truck involved in the wreck lost a package out of the bed of the truck. As the truck was pulled over on the side of the road to pick up the package in the roadway, a vehicle struck the pickup from behind causing the vehicle to spin and hit another vehicle coming over the bridge, according to the City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department.

Firefighters from the City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department and the Burton Fire District used the Jaws of Life to rescue the patient from the vehicle. While firefighters were working to free the patient from the wrecked vehicle, firefighters and members from Beaufort County EMS gained access to the patient from the passenger side of the vehicle to start emergency medical care.

The patient was rescued from the vehicle and taken to the hospital within 15 minutes with non-life threatening injuries.

The City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department was assisted by the Burton Fire District, Beaufort County Emergency Medical Services, and the Port Royal Police Department.

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