Three people, including one with life-threatening injuries, were taken to area hospitals Thursday after a collision on St. Helena Island.
Firefighters from the Lady's Island-St. Helena Fire District and paramedics from Beaufort County EMS were called at about 7 a.m. to the scene of a two-car wreck near the intersection of Polowana Road and Sea Island Parkway, said Lee Levesque, fire district spokesman.
Levesque said a pickup truck and a small SUV collided, trapping three people inside the SUV.
"It was a pretty bad crash," Levesque said. "You could look at one of the vehicles and not really notice anything, but look at the other vehicle and know something pretty bad happened."
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Paramedics administered first aid to those trapped inside the SUV while firefighters worked to cut them free, which took about 20 minutes, Levesque said.
Two of the injured were taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, and the third patient, who sustained life-threatening injuries, was flown by helicopter to a nearby trauma center, possibly to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Levesque said.
A fourth person involved in the crash was not injured, officials said.
Sea Island Parkway was closed for more than an hour as firefighters and paramedics tended to the injured and cleared the road.
The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating, Levesque said.
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