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HP: Pickens Co. deputy injured in crash swerving to avoid deer

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The damaged patrol car considered a complete loss. (Aug. 14, 2014/Pickens Co. Sheriff's Office) The damaged patrol car considered a complete loss. (Aug. 14, 2014/Pickens Co. Sheriff's Office)
PICKENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Pickens County deputies said one of their own officers was injured in crash early on Thursday in the Dacusville area of Easley.

According to dispatch, the single-vehicle accident happened about 4:15 a.m. on Edinburgh Lane at Red River Road.

Cpl. Bill Rhyne with the Highway Patrol said the driver tried to avoid hitting a deer, causing him to run off the road and hit a tree.

Chief Deputy Creed Hashe said Deputy Thomas Camp was responding to a call about a large animal in the roadway when his vehicle ran off the road. Because of the call, Hashe said Camp did not have blue lights and sirens on at the time of the crash.

Camp was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, deputies said. He has worked for the sheriff's office for three years.

"We were blessed in that the deputy did not lose his life and we pray for his speedy recovery," Rick Clark said. "We will continue to look into the circumstances of this collision in regards to our policies and procedures as the South Carolina Highway Patrol conducts their investigation."

Deputies said the patrol car was estimated to be a total loss.

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