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Man, 62, found dead near van

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By Jenny Hartley

A 62-year-old man died of a heart attack after he pulled over on Camp Creek Road at S.C. 522 early Monday.

Walter Ricky Steele was driving a 1992 Pontiac van when he went off the left side of the road about 5:10 a.m., said S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin.

Steele was found outside of the van.

Lancaster County Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Knight pronounced Steele dead at the scene. There was no damage to the vehicle.

“He was probably experiencing major chest pains,” Knight said, and Steele pulled off the road.

Woman, deputy  hurt after crashes

A Lancaster woman was airlifted to Spartanburg Regional Hospital after a crash later Monday morning. A Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy crashed a patrol car trying to get to that crash.

Terricka T. Alexander, 25, of 1057 Thelma Lane, was

entrapped in her 2004 Chevrolet sport utility vehicle after she hit a patch of ice, lost control of the SUV and hit a tree on Airport Road about 7:35 a.m. Monday, Gaskin said.

Alexander was wearing a seat belt. She was trapped inside the SUV and had to be extricated from the vehicle by emergency workers, Gaskin said.

One passenger in Alexander’s car was not hurt, but a 2-year-old in the car was taken by Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services to Springs Memorial Hospital.

The wreck remains under investigation, Gaskin said. No charges have been filed.

Lancaster County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael A. Carr Jr., 28, heard the call while on duty about a child being trapped in the car on Airport Road. While en route to the crash, Carr hit a patch of ice on Providence Road in a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria. He ran off the left side of the road and hit a utility pole.

Carr was wearing his seat belt, Gaskin said. He was taken to the Springs Memorial Hospital emergency room.

No charges have been filed in that crash.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151