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Elderly Man Flown from Crash Scene

web posted April 26, 2011

MERRIWETHER – A 71-year-old Edgefield County man was flown to MCG Hospital in Augusta Monday afternoon following a single car crash that left firefighters working 45 minutes to extricate the trapped driver from the car. The man was driving westbound on the 2200 block of Martintown Road when he lost control of his Chevrolet Impala in a curve around 1:20 pm.

According to a witness, the man seemed to fail to navigate the turn and then overcorrected, causing the car to swerve and then side off the eastbound lane. The car went off an embankment, became airborne, and the landed at the bottom of a 15 to 20 foot ravine where it flipped and became lodged in the trees on its side.

Merriwether Firefighters and First Responders had to cut down trees in order to reach the car. They then used various cutters to remove a section of the roof to reach the injured man. He was placed on a backboard and immobilized and then removed from the car through the opening.

He was transported by ambulance to a field a short distance away and loaded into a Life-Flight helicopter to be flown to MCG. His condition was unknown, however; he was conscious and talking to rescuers throughout the extrication. He did complain of back and stomach pain.

The witness said she believed the man did not see the curve until he was well into it and in the oncoming lane. He left the eastbound side of the roadway, "snatched" the car back to the westbound lane running off that side of the road, and then began skidding back towards the eastbound lane.

From the start point to where the car came to rest was approximately 600 feet. The woman following behind the man said she was driving around 65 mph, but could not estimate how fast the man was driving in front of her. It did not appear he ever applied his brakes.

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