Man recovering after being trapped inside of dump truck following crash

Credit: Alex Cates

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) —  One person is recovering after being trapped inside of a dump truck that crashed into several trees Monday morning.

According to Berkeley County rescue chief Bill Salisbury, the accident involved a “major entrapment” on Highway 41 near Charity Church Road.

As of 9:31 a.m., the patient was extricated from the truck with non-life-threatening injuries and transported to a local hospital.

Alex Cates tells News 2 that he was right behind the accident when it unfolded. We’re told the front passenger tire of the person involved in the accident blew out and he lost control, plowing through several of pine trees. He ended up pinned inside by his right leg, still conscious.

“Myself and another passerby tried to get him out but couldn’t,” Cates said. “He was awake and alert when rescue showed up seemingly in a bit of pain but OK.”

Salisbury confirmed the driver of the dump truck, carrying a full load of dirt, was traveling south on highway 41 in Berkeley County when a tire blew out. The driver crashed into several trees and was trapped inside the truck for about an hour and a half.

The Berkeley County Rescue Squad, Cainhoy Fire Department, and Berkeley County EMS responded.

Officials tell News 2’s Ashley Yost that a lot of heavy equipment was needed in order to get the victim out safely.

Both lanes of Highway 41 were closed for roughly an hour.

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