PICKENS — A Pickens County sheriff’s deputy was injured early Friday morning after losing control of his vehicle on Edinburgh Lane in the Easley community.
The accident, which occurred around 4:25 a.m., is being investigated by the S.C. Highway Patrol.
Deputy Thomas Camp was admitted to Greenville Memorial Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, according to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.
“We were blessed in that the deputy did not lose his life and we pray for his speedy recovery,” Sheriff 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.”
Early indications are that Camp was responding to a call of a large animal in the roadway when his 2014 Ford patrol car left the shoulder of the road and struck a tree. He was not responding with blue lights and siren due to the nature of the call and was the sole occupant of the vehicle.
The patrol unit was a total loss. Camp has been employed by the PCSO since July 2011.