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Sumter officer air-lifted after Wednesday crash

In an update, police described the officer as being stable but did not release their identity.

SUMTER, S.C. — Authorities say an officer is recovering in the hospital after a crash in Sumter County that left them injured on Wednesday night.

According to Sumter Police, the crash happened before 8 p.m. on the U.S. 76/378 Bypass. Neither the police department nor the South Carolina Highway Patrol has confirmed what led up to the crash. However, police said that it was a Sumter Police officer who was injured and flown to a Columbia hospital for treatment.

Sumter Police aren't releasing the name of the officer at this time and are deferring to the S.C. Highway Patrol for additional information. Corporal Tyler Tidwell with the state agency said that the crash involved a 2012 Jeep and a 2017 Dodge and occurred near Oswego Highway.

He said the S.C. Highway Patrol Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is now handling the accident and would release more details after the investigation was complete.

Neither agency has said whether any other people were injured in the crash, however, the Sumter County Coroner's Office has told News19 that it was not involved in the investigation. The office handles or is involved in any case dealing with a person's death within Sumter County.

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