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Patrol vehicle hit while deputy directs traffic at wreck on I-26

NEWBERRY COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

A Newberry County Sheriff's deputy was not injured when a driver crashed into his patrol vehicle as he directed traffic at a crash scene on Interstate 26.

As the deputy attempted to direct traffic off the interstate onto S.C. Highway 34 last night, Sheriff Lee Foster says a driver was going too fast, ran off the road, up an embankment and crashed into the deputy's vehicle.  Foster says the deputy jumped out of the way.

The driver, 24-year-old Kayla Ann Havill of Travelers Rest, was cited by the South Carolina Highway Patrol for endangering emergency personnel.  Foster says she was not injured in the crash.

"The perils of law enforcement continue to increase," said Sheriff Lee Foster. "Many people think of officers being shot, but the reality is inattentive or speeding drivers can cause a substantial likelihood of harm or death to a law enforcement officer or any public safety worker. We are very blessed that no one was injured in this collision."

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