Assistant fire chief killed while assisting at accident scene

Firefighters killed while directing traffic

LANCASTER COUNTY, SC (WBTV) - An assistant fire chief was killed Wednesday evening while assisting at a crash scene in Lancaster County.

Dennis Straight, 59, of Lancaster Co. was directing traffic at the on-ramp of Highway 5 from the northbound lane of 521 around 7 p.m. when he was struck by a vehicle.

An assistant fire chief was killed Wednesday evening while assisting at a crash scene in Lancaster Co.
An assistant fire chief was killed Wednesday evening while assisting at a crash scene in Lancaster Co. (Lancaster County Fire Rescue)

Straight went to Springs Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“It is with deep regret that the announcement is made of the death of Charlotte Road/ Van Wyck Assistant Fire Chief Dennis Straight, who lost his life in the line of duty while working at a motor vehicle collision scene,” Lancaster County Fire Rescue said in a release.

Straight served with the Charlotte Road/Van Wyck Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter for more than 20 years.

The crash remains under investigation and the SC Highway Patrol MAIT team is handling the matter.

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