(Columbia) – An accident on Interstate 20 eastbound between Highway 378 and Highway One claimed the life of a Richland County deputy, as confirmed by authorities.

The deputy had apparently crossed over the cable barrier which caused the accident by colliding onto an incoming car travelling the eastbound lane, which then again hit another vehicle. The deputy was said to be travelling a little over 60 mph. One car involved was an SUV.

Multiple explosions could be heard which possibly may have come from ammunition of the deputy’s car. The ammunitions ignited the fire during the crash.

Traffic on the Eastbound was temporarily closed for approximately three hours on Wednesday afternoon as investigations took place.

Sid Gaulden from the Department of Public Safety said that MAIT team will take time to map out the scene and figure out exactly what happened in the crash.

The two sheriff deputies were trailing a dump truck just before the incident occurred, according to Gaulden. The deputies had heard that a man wanted on charges of assault was driving a dump truck but they were not in the process of topping the truck.

The deputy who perished was released to be 24-year-old Richland County Sheriff Deputy Byron “Keith” Cannon from Irmo.

Cannon had previously worked for the the South Carolina Department of Probation and Parole before starting with the Department in October 2003. According to news release, the charismatic nature, sincerity toward others and his professionalism led to Cannon’s promotion to the Community Action Team in Region 3, Northern Richland County.

Keith leaves behind his mother and fiancé. Accident victims have rights. You may be eligible for compensation for your injuries, wage loss and medical bills. Contact an experienced  Columbia Injury Lawyer now for a free consultation.