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Lancaster Co. assistant fire chief killed while directing traffic at wreck

The assistant chief of the Van Wyck fire department in Lancaster County was killed Tuesday while directing traffic at a wreck scene, police and coroner officials said in a published report.

Dennis Straight, 59, of Lancaster died around 8 p.m. at Springs Memorial Hospital, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Jennifer Collins.

Straight was a volunteer for more than 20 years with the Charlotte Road/Van Wyck department that serves much of the Indian Land and middle areas of Lancaster County between Lancaster and the North Carolina border with Charlotte.

Straight was struck around 7 p.m. while working a crash at the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 5 in Lancaster County, said S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Bill Rhyne.

Straight was directing traffic on the on-ramp from northbound U.S. 521 when he was hit, Collins said. The incident remains under investigation by the highway patrol Major Accident Investigation Team.

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