CHEROKEE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A driver was pulled to safety almost 15 hours after he was trapped in a truck that crashed down an embankment.
Buffalo Volunteer Fire Chief Josh Parker said emergency responders were called to the wreck on N. Mountain Street in Blacksburg at about noon Tuesday.
A retired sheriff’s deputy who lives nearby discovered the wreckage.
Chief Parker said the former officer noticed a camper shell along the road. He investigated and heard the driver, Timothy A. Garrett, 54, of Shelby, yelling for help.
According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, Garrett was driving a 2011 Ford Ranger truck north on Highway 198 near the North Carolina state line when he went off the left side of the road.
The truck crashed about 20 to 25 feet down an embankment and flipped, pinning the Garrett inside, Parker said.
The Gaffney Ledger, citing the fire chief, reports the crashed truck was “barely visible.”
Parker said Garrett was alert and told emergency responders that he had wrecked Monday at about 9:30 p.m.
A rescue basket was used to pull the driver up the embankment.
Chief Parker said Garrett was freed from the wreckage and pulled to safety by 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Garrett was airlifted to a hospital. His condition is currently unknown. However, Chief Parker believes he will be ok.
Garrett is in fair condition as of Thursday morning, according to a hospital spokesperson.
Troopers said Garrett was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.