The Richmond Hill Fire Department report from Thursday’s deadly crash on I-95 near the Highway 17 interchange provides additional detail about the wreck.
Firefighters got the call at 5:40 p.m., according to the report, and arrived five minutes later.
“Units responded to the report of a motor vehicle accident with several vehicles burning,” the report narrative said. “On arrival, Engine 1 found a single tractor truck with a car hauler fully involved with heavy fire and smoke.”
While the truck itself was on fire, the trailer and cars on it were not burning, the report notes.
Richmond Hill’s Engine 1 crew began to battle the fire, and Engine 3 “hooked to Engine 1 to supply water,” attaching a second line to help put the fire out.
“After the fire was knocked down, crews discovered a passenger vehicle also on fire,” the report said.
That vehicle, wedged between the guard rail and truck, hadn’t been spotted earlier due to the “heavy smoke and fire conditions,” the report said.
Richmond Hill firefighters put out the fire and then discovered the body of a badly burned person inside the vehicle.
The firefighters had to use equipment to cut the body from the car, and was turned over to the coroner, the report said.
None of the other vehicles involved in the crash burned, the report said.
Paramedics, firefighters and first responders with Bryan County Emergency Services also responded to the accident and “provided all patient care,” and a private company was called in to clean up “fuels, oils and debris,” the report noted.