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York Co. deputies injured in I-77 crash on medical leave

Two York County deputies were injured after being struck by an SUV while helping a stranded motorist Thursday afternoon on Interstate 77 near Carowinds Boulevard.

Deputies Jonathan M. King, 28, and Christopher J. Laurencio, 40, were taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte with unknown injuries after the 3:40 p.m. crash near exit 90.

Both were released Thursday evening from CMC, authorities said.

King and Laurencio were on duty at the time of the crash, Lt. Mike Baker said.

They are on leave pending medical release, said Baker, who would not discuss the nature of the injuries.

The crash occurred at 3:37 p.m. in the northbound lanes of I-77 near the state line.

The patrol car was struck from behind by an SUV while assisting a stranded motorist driving a 1997 Ford pickup, according to the state Highway Patrol.

One of the deputies, Laurencio, was outside the patrol car when it was hit by the SUV, said Lance Cpl. Billy Elder of the Patrol.

The patrol car was stationary with its lights on near the rear of the disabled truck at the time of the crash, Elder said.

A 2007 Toyota SUV struck the patrol car, causing it to hit the disabled vehicle.

The SUV also struck the deputy outside the car assisting the motorist, Elder said.

Both deputies and the driver of the SUV, Marcie Ford, 54, of Utah, were taken to CMC.

All have been released.

Several northbound lanes were blocked by the crash for more than an hour.

The state Highway Patrol is investigating the incident, Elder said.

No charges had been filed as of Friday morning.