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Durham deputies hurt in vehicle crash

Posted June 13, 2014

— Four people were hurt Wednesday when a vehicle collided with an unmarked Durham County sheriff’s van on N.C. Highway 98, state troopers said.

The crash happened at 2:20 p.m. when a vehicle driven by Derrick Smith, 56, of Durham, crossed the center line and into opposing traffic. Troopers said Deputy Hayden Gould, 36, steered to avoid the vehicle, but Smith struck the van when he tried to correct his lane of travel.

Gould and two passengers in the van – Deputies Bradley Graberek and Casey Norwood – were taken to Duke Hospital with serious injuries.

Smith was taken to Duke Hospital with minor injuries.


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  • Sonja Yagel Jun 13, 2014
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    Its not safe to be on the roads anymore, due to drunk drivers, speeders, and phones and texting. Driving should be the only focus of people operating vehicles, nothing else. God please bless these policemen and heal them.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 13, 2014

    On the phone perhaps?