Three wrecks in three days for Burton Fire District; two serious

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In a three-day period, the Burton Fire District responded to three motor vehicle collisions, two of which were serious, and one that resulted in serious injury.

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, at approximately 8 a.m., the Burton Fire District and Beaufort County EMS responded to a reported motor vehicle collision on Trask Parkway by Laurel Bay Road involving a tractor trailer and a Honda Civic. Fire crews arrived on the scene and reported heavy damages to both vehicles.

Two occupants were injured in this collision which also resulted in a significant oil leak. Traffic was delayed for more than an hour and a half while emergency crews assisted the injured and cleared the roadway.

On Thursday, Nov. 7, just before 7:30 a.m., again on Trask Parkway, Burton and EMS personnel responded to a two-vehicle collision. One occupant sustained what appeared to be minor injuries.

Later that same day, just after 1:30 p.m., Burton fire crews and EMS personnel responded to an ATV accident by the Habersham development off Cherokee Farms Road. Firefighters arrived to find a female, who was not wearing a helmet at the time, with serious injures after her ATV ran into a ditch.

The Burton Fire District has responded to more than 263 motor vehicle collisions so far in 2019, with 62 pecent of those collisions resulting in injuries, and in 10 of those incidents, Burton firefighters had to rescue occupants that were trapped inside their vehicles.