Driver rescued from early-morning wreck

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Burton and MCAS Beaufort firefighters responded to a two-vehicle accident early on Tuesday, Aug. 14, in which a trapped driver was rescued by fire crews.  

Just before 5:30 a.m., Burton and MCAS Beaufort firefighters responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Laurel Bay Road and Trask Parkway. Initial reports were a driver was injured and trapped inside the wreckage. 

Fire crews arrived to find the male driver of a pickup truck trapped inside. Firefighters from both departments worked to free the driver while paramedics from Beaufort County EMS began treatment.  

The driver was removed and transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital with what appear to be serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was uninjured.  

Fire officials say this intersection and Laurel Bay Road have been the scene of numerous serious accidents, including fatalities. Burton and MCAS Beaufort fire departments work together routinely on such scenes.  

Traffic at the intersection of Laurel Bay Road and Trask Parkway was delayed for more than an hour while emergency crews rescued the driver and removed roadway hazards.  The Burton Fire District has responded to approximately 150 motor vehicle accidents in 2018, five of which involved trapped occupants being rescued. 

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