1 killed in crash in Colleton County

COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) - One person was killed in an early morning crash Sunday in Colleton County.

According to rescue crews, the crash happened on George Warren Drive around 1 a.m. A caller said a car overturned in a wooded area off the highway.

When crews arrived, they found the car on its roof and appeared to have flipped several times.

Officials said they used thermal imaging machines to find the driver, who had been thrown 120 feet from the car and was lying unconscious in the woods. Officials said the man was hidden from view by tall brush.

A helicopter was called in for the man as firefighters began life-saving efforts. However, officials said the man went into cardiac arrest before the helicopter arrived.

Officials, transported the man to Colleton Medical Center. During the trip, firefighters managed to get the man's heart beating again and stabilized him before airlifting him to Medical University Hospital.

The man died later Sunday morning, official said.

Based on information gathered at the scene, the man was traveling east and crossed over the west-bound lane, over-corrected and slid sideways into a ditch, which caused it to flip several times.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.