The first law enforcement officer to arrive at the scene of a car crash in South Carolina Wednesday made a heart-wrenching discovery -- his wife died in the wreck.

Sumter County sheriff's deputy Wayne Browder found the body of his wife, Teresa, according to WLTX. She was 45, a nurse at Clarendon Memorial Hospital, Fox 57 reports.

"Today was a tragic day for one of our officers, as well as our entire agency, as one of our family members deals with the loss of a loved one," Sheriff Anthony Dennis said, according to Fox 57. "We ask you keep the Browder family in your thoughts and prayers as they cope with this horrible tragedy."

There was no immediate response from the deputy.

Investigators say the driver of an SUV crossed the center line and struck two cars in Sumter County. They say it hit Browder's vehicle head-on.

Paramedics rushed the other two drivers to the hospital.

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