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One dead, two firefighters injured after head-on collision in Swansea

Published: Dec. 1, 2021 at 10:27 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 2, 2021 at 8:27 AM EST
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SWANSEA, S.C. (WIS) - One person died and two firefighters were injured after a crash in Lexington County.

Christopher Lykes, 71, died at the scene and was identified by the Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher.

According to Fisher, Lykes was traveling southbound when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck a Lexington County Fire Engine head-on. Lykes, who was wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries, according to troopers.

Two firefighters were transported to the hospital to be treated. Troopers say both were wearing seatbelts.

The crash happened around 6 p.m. on St. Matthews Road in Swansea, according to officials.

South Carolina Highway Patrol will be investigating the accident. At this time, investigators say the engine was returning to the station before the collision.

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