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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A Richland County deputy injured in a car accident while responding to a call last year has been cleared for duty.

Sheriff Leon Lott says deputy doctors say Deputy Robert Furgal can return to full duty.

Last November, Furgal got a call of a burglary in progress at a convenience store in southeast Richland County. The roads were wet from rain, and as he was driving own the road his car hydroplaned, ran off the road, and hit a tree.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced today that Deputy Robert Furgal has been cleared, by his doctors, for a return to full duty. The vehicle ignited after impact.

Crews were able to used the Jaws of Life to rescue him from the vehicle. He suffered burns to his legs and feet, and had to have his toes amputated. He also had a fractured pelvis.

In total, Furgal spent 49 days in the hospital.

Lott says Furgal has been determined to go back to work, and points out that his deputy could have received full disability, meaning he'd never have to work again.

Furgal will be working in the uniform patrol division.

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