Public safety briefs for June 8th-14th

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Multiple rollovers result in injuries 

This rollover too place on the Broad River Bridge. Photo provided.
This rollover too place on the Broad River Bridge. Photo provided.
This rollover took place at Trask Parkway and Salt Creek Drive West. Photo provided.
This rollover took place at Trask Parkway and Salt Creek Drive West. Photo provided.

The Burton Fire District responded to three motor vehicle accidents involving multiple rollovers and minor injuries on June 2 in which Burton fire officials credit seatbelts for making a difference. 

The first vehicle accident was reported just before 10:30 a.m. at the foot of the Broad River Bridge. Burton firefighters arrived to find a single-vehicle accident with the vehicle lying on its roof. 

The female driver, who is believed to have been wearing a seatbelt, was assisted out of the wreck by a bystander. 

Burton firefighters treated the driver for what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. She was transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital. 

The second vehicle accident, between a passenger vehicle and a passenger van, was reported an hour later at the intersection of Boundary Street and Broad River Boulevard. 

Two occupants, both wearing seatbelts, were assisted by Burton firefighters and were transported with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. This accident resulted in minor traffic delays on Boundary Street while emergency crews assisted the injured and removed roadway hazards.

The third vehicle accident was reported just after 1:30 p.m. on Trask Parkway at the intersection of Salt Creek Drive West. 

Burton fire crews arrived to find two vehicles, a passenger vehicle and a jeep, had both rolled over with occupants on the ground. Burton firefighters assisted both drivers, who were wearing seatbelts, with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. 

This wreck caused significant traffic delays on Trask Parkway for approximately 30 minutes while emergency crews assisted the drivers and removed roadway hazards. 

The Burton Fire District has responded to 143 motor vehicle accident so far in 2017. 

Good Samaritan gets robbed at gunpoint

An armed robbery took place at 9 a.m. on June 4 on Hilton Head Island, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim told deputies that he was driving on Wild Horse Road and saw a man who appeared to be in distress lying in the middle of the roadway. 

When the victim stopped to see if he needed help, the suspect pulled out a pistol and robbed him. 

After the victim turned over his wallet containing cash and credit cards, the suspect ran away.

The suspect was described as African American, approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 150 pounds with dreadlock-style hair. He was wearing cut-off denim shorts, a red windbreaker and a green hat. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sheriff’s Office Emergency Dispatch 911 or CrimeStoppers 1-888-CrimeSC to remain anonymous and for a possible reward.

Busy week for Shell Point station 

The Burton 5 Fire District’s Shell Point Fire Station, located at 602 Parris Island Gateway, had a busy week in late May, responding to 15 emergencies that included a house fire, a gas leak requiring a street closure and home evacuation, a spreading yard debris fire and a vehicle fire. 

Just before 2 a.m. May 17, firefighters from the Shell Point fire station assisted in extinguishing a house fire on Polite Drive off Joe Frazier Road. 

The fire was in a single-wide mobile home undergoing renovation. Firefighters extinguished the fire, which caused minor damages. The fire is under investigation. 

Later that day just before 9 p.m., the Shell Point fire station responded to a gas leak on Shell Point Road after a resident cut through a gas line while digging a hole for a fence. The gas leak was within feet of the home’s electrical connection and on-demand water heater. 

Just before 2 a.m. on May 19 the Shell Point station responded to a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Parris Island Gateway and Robert Smalls Parkway after a passenger vehicle struck a deer. Firefighters assisted the driver, who was uninjured. 

Just before 11 a.m. the same day, the Shell Point fire station responded to a shed fire on Belleview Circle East. Firefighters extinguished a brush fire that had spread through a fence along a property line and was igniting a neighbor’s shed. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before the shed was seriously damaged. 

Then, just before 4 p.m. firefighters from the Shell Point fire station responded to a vehicle fire at the intersection of Savannah Highway and Baynard Road. Firefighters arrived to find a fire in the rear of a service truck. While firefighters were extinguishing the vehicle fire a passerby alerted firefighters to a grass fire in the median on Savannah Highway by Liberty Point Road.

Firefighters extinguished the grass fire which was approximately 100 yards away from the vehicle fire. It is not believed the fires were related and the grass fire in the median is believed to have been caused by a discarded cigarette butt. 

The Shell Point fire station protects the Shell Point and Mink Point areas to include areas of Robert Smalls Parkway from the Broad River Bridge to the Walmart Shopping Plaza.