Man escapes injury after truck flips in two-vehicle Sunday morning wreck in Beaufort

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By John Williams

 A two-vehicle wreck in downtown Beaufort flipped a truck on its roof, trapping the driver inside Sunday morning. Quick action by Beaufort firefighters, police and Beaufort County EMS helped remove the driver, who walked away without injury, officials said.

At about 9 a.m. Sunday, Beaufort police and fire crews responded to the accident at the corner of Ribaut Road and North Street, said Fire Chief Sammy Negron. The impact knocked a truck onto its roof, trapping the driver inside.

After blocking traffic to prevent additional wrecks and to provide a safe area for the emergency crews to work, firefighters stabilized the truck. Then, with the help of a Jaws of Life tool, firefighters removed the driver.

“This was a text-book operation,” said Capt. John Robinson, the Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Department’s education and training officer. “Firefighters, police officers and paramedics worked in perfect harmony to rescue the trapped man and he walked away from the traumatic scene without a scratch.”

The wreck closed three lanes of Ribaut Road for about 40 minutes, but because of the light Sunday morning traffic there were no major delays, Robinson said.

For details about the traffic wreck and police investigation, please contact the Beaufort Police Department at 843-322-7901.