BONNEAU, S.C. (WCBD) – Two people are recovering from injuries and another is dead following a major crash that happened Tuesday morning in Bonneau.
It happened just after 10:00 a.m. in the 1300 block of Main Street/US 52.
Officials say deputies were responding to an ‘agency assist’ call after a suspect attempted to ram an officer with the St. Stephen Police Department.
The Berkeley County deputies was driving on Highway 52 when a pickup truck pulled out in front of him, causing the collision.
“I was at my favorite mechanic shop on Bonneau and I was getting my car working on. Next thing you know, I hear a loud boom” said one man who heard the accident happen. “I see a lot of smoke everywhere, so I rush out to the actual road and there was just chaos everywhere. Probably a football field like of car parts just lined up here. It really got me shook up because there was a lady in the truck she was actually on the ground.”
The deputy’s patrol vehicle was on fire down the road.
“He couldn’t get out. He was trapped in the vehicle for a period,” said Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis. “The vehicle caught on fire; with the help of bystanders, they got him out. He went back in the vehicle to get his canine out.”
The driver of the pickup truck was killed, and the passenger was taken to the hospital for treatment along with the deputy. The K9 was taken to an emergency vet.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. The victim has not yet been identified.