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Deputy wrecks while responding to wreck

A veteran deputy with the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department was slightly injured when he lost control of his patrol car while responding to a wreck on Interstate 20 last Saturday afternoon.

Deputy Henry Campbell was treated at the scene by personnel with the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services after a collision with an 18-wheel tractor-trailer at Exit 172 near Thomson shortly before 5 p.m., according to Sgt. First Class Jason Johnson, post commander of the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown.

After being treated, Deputy Campbell was driven home by Deputy Sgt. First Class Mike Hobbs. McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall also responded to the scene.

Deputy Campbell's patrol car, a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria, sustained extensive damages to the passenger side after being struck.

Sgt. Johnson told The McDuffie Mirror that Deputy Campbell hit a puddle of water in the road while he was attempting to merge into westbound traffic on I-20 from the off-ramp.

"It caused him to hydroplane and lose control," Sgt. Johnson said, noting the Deputy Campbell was "lucky" he wasn't seriously injured. "The car spun around backwards and traveled into the emergency lane, facing eastbound traffic."

Sgt. Johnson said the truck, driven by 44-year-old Kevin Johnson, of Dillon, S.C., collided with the passenger side of the patrol car. The collision caused the trucker to nearly jack-knife his rig.

"It could have been a lot worse than it turned out," Sgt. Johnson said, noting that no charges would be filed.

At the time of the mishap, Deputy Campbell was responding to a car that had hydroplaned and hit a tree, slightly injuring four people. Sgt. Johnson said the four were treated at the scene by personnel with the McDuffie County EMS and firefighters/first responders with the McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Services. They later were taken by ambulances to Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta.

Web posted on Thursday, April 29, 2010

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