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DPS officials release video of Richland County deputy crash

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Richland County Cpl. Ken Proffitt was fired for his role in an accident. Richland County Cpl. Ken Proffitt was fired for his role in an accident.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

South Carolina Department of Public Safety officials have released surveillance video of a crash involving a Richland County sheriff's deputy who was later fired for the incident.

WIS filed a Freedom of Information Act request for investigators to release the video, which originates from a convenience store security camera near the scene of the crash on Two Notch Road.

South Carolina Highway Patrol officials charged Cpl. Ken Proffitt with disregarding a traffic signal for his role in the accident.

Troopers say Proffitt ran a red light and collided with another car who was making a left turn. That driver had the green light and the right of way, according to an investigation.

Investigators say Proffitt's blue lights were not on when he tried to go through the intersection.

Proffitt told investigators and sheriff's department officials that he believed he had the green light.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott promptly fired Proffitt after the accident, but cited his deputy's role in several other accidents as other reasons why he let the corporal go.

"The wreck was totally the fault of Cpl. Proffitt," said Lott in a news conference.

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