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Durham officer injured in wreck

Posted June 14, 2011

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— A Durham police officer injured Tuesday morning in a collision on Hillsborough Road called the wreck in while trapped in his vehicle, police said.

Sgt. D.L. Mock was driving a marked Chevrolet Tahoe on Hillsborough Road shortly before 9:30 a.m. on Hillsborough Road when it was hit by a Ford Explorer exiting southbound U.S. Highway 15/501, police said.

Witnesses told police that Mock had a green light and that the Explorer was speeding off the exit ramp.

The impact spun the Tahoe around and flipped it on its side, trapping Mock inside, police said. He called to report the wreck, and the Durham Fire Department had to cut the roof off the SUV to get him out.

The driver of the Explorer, Lucille McMillan of Durham, was charged with running a red light and failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision, police said.

Mock and a passenger in the Explorer, Charles McMillan, were taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said. Lucille McMillan and the driver of a Toyota Corolla that the Tahoe hit as it flipped over were uninjured.

Hillsborough Road was closed between U.S. 15/501 and Cole Mill Road for more than an hour while officers investigated the wreck.

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  • Big Mike Jun 14, 2011

    I see literally dozens of people who have plenty of time to stop for red lights pushing their luck every day........Didn't work this time!

  • smack Jun 14, 2011

    007KnightRider- think it's supposed to say "Lucille McMillan AND the driver of a Toyota Corola...". are you surprised that WRAL messed up the wording of an article? I'm not.

  • DukeFan23 Jun 14, 2011

    They were probably following the Corolla and ran the light to keep up with them.

  • friendlyman Jun 14, 2011

    I wonder what super emergency they were on their way to that they felt they had to run the light? Let this be a lesson to all you stupid red light runners!

  • billshannonnnc Jun 14, 2011

    Probably was the officers fault. Cant see a good hearted explorer driver screwing up that bad.

    pangb007

    What is wrong with you?????????

  • 007KnightRider Jun 14, 2011

    "The driver of the Explorer, Lucille McMillan of Durham, was charged with running a red light and failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision, police said.

    Mock and a passenger in the Explorer, Charles McMillan, were taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said. Lucille McMillan the driver of a Toyota Corolla that the Tahoe hit as it flipped over were uninjured." - WRAL

    So both drivers of the Explorer and Corolla had the same name, Lucille McMillan?

  • braddavis Jun 14, 2011

    Probably was the officers fault. Cant see a good hearted explorer driver screwing up that bad.
    pangb007

    ?????????????????????

  • hp277 Jun 14, 2011

    I hope they throw the book at the driver of the Explorer - blowing thru a red light and causing an accident bad enough to total a Tahoe and send a police officer to the hospital - that's just irresponsible.

  • TeenDAD Jun 14, 2011

    Probably was the officers fault. Cant see a good hearted explorer driver screwing up that bad.

  • jetskichic688 Jun 14, 2011

    "you would think the po po would have been given driving lessons to avoid these kinds of things"

    Um...the police tahoe had the GREEN light. Green means go in most states of the union. The police can't avoid stupid people who seem to sleep through drivers ed. May God grant the sarge a smooth recovery.

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