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Two crashes along Savannah Highway late Sunday night and early Monday morning killed three civilians and injured three Charleston County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies, according to reports.

Deputy Emily Pelletier was responding to a call regarding a disabled vehicle on Savannah Highway at about 11 p.m. Sunday night when she collided with a vehicle near New Road, said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Andrew Knapp. Several people inside the vehicle were injured and trapped inside. Later, Lance Cpl. Nick Pye with the state Highway Patrol announced the civilian driver and two passengers later died due to the crash. Pelletier was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina for treatment. 

“The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office extends its thoughts and prayers to everyone involved in the crashes and their families,” the office said in a statement. “Our sincerest condolences go out to those who lost three loved ones last night.”

Southbound Savannah Highway was closed in the area as the state Highway Patrol investigated the situation. Two deputies who were blocking traffic about a half-mile north of the crash at about 2:30 a.m. were hit by a civilian vehicle which failed to stop at the roadblock. Deputies Jonathon Rand and Joy DeSomber were removed from the car and transported to the Medical University of South Carolina with injuries that were considered serious but not life-threatening. The driver of the other vehicle suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital. 

Pelletier was placed on administrative leave with pay, per protocol in serious deputy-involved collisions, as CCSO conducts an internal review.

The state Highway Patrol is investigating the two collisions.

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