Deputy, 2 others hurt in crash in Pickens Co.

PICKENS CO., S.C. (WSPA) – A Pickens County sheriff’s deputy has been cited in a traffic accident that happened Monday night.

The accident happened around 10 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 93 and South Pendleton Street.

The deputy and two civilians were treated for minor injuries, according to news release from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said the deputy was attempted to stop a driver who disregarded a red light.

“In the deputy’s effort to pass through the intersection and stop the suspected violator, the patrol unit was struck on the driver’s side by an oncoming vehicle causing extensive damage to both vehicles,” according to the statement.

Two people in a 2014 Toyota Tundra truck were hurt.

The sheriff’s office stressed that the deputy was not in an active pursuit.

“We are extremely thankful and feel blessed that the three parties involved in this accident did not sustain any life-threatening injuries. Unfortunately, the unknown driver in the vehicle that precipitated the incident did not stop and was not able to be identified,” Sheriff Rick Clark said in a statement. “We serve with the vision to protect life and property and we are our own worst critics when our actions fall short of achieving that goal.”

Troopers investigated the crash and cited the deputy for failure to yield the right of way, according to the sheriff’s office.

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