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Rain a factor in Harnett crash that injured trooper, driver

Posted July 9, 2012
Updated July 10, 2012

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— Police said heavy rain caused a head-on collision Monday afternoon that injured a state trooper and another driver, and closed a portion of N.C. Highway 27 in Harnett County for several hours.

The crash happened at 2:55 p.m. about two miles west of Benson, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
Trooper C.J. Bell was driving his unmarked Dodge Charger west along the state road near Bailey’s Road when he was struck by a van driven by Ryan William Chubb, 40, of the 100 block of Roping Lane in Cameron, according to highway patrol spokesman First Sgt. Jeff Gordon.

Investigators believe Chubb’s vehicle hydroplaned on the rain-slicked roadway, crossed the center line and hit the trooper’s car. After the impact, the van rolled several times before coming to rest, Gordon said. Bell’s car stopped on the right shoulder.

The trooper was transported to Wake Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. Chubb was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Calvin Spears, who lives nearby, watched as crews cleared the wreckage. It appeared as though the cruiser's doors had been ripped off.

"I'm just thankful to the good Lord that nobody was killed," Spears said. "They didn't have a copilot in there, but with the Lord they had a pilot."

Gordon said charges are pending against Chubb.

The roadway reopened about 6:30 p.m.

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  • leo-nc Jul 12, 2012

    You're welcome. He continues to improve.

  • ThinBlueLine304 Jul 11, 2012

    Thank you for the update leo-nc. I someone who cares!

  • thepeopleschamp Jul 11, 2012

    Thanks leo-nc for the update. A few, very few, do care and only wish him the best in recovery, unlike what some others wish.

  • leo-nc Jul 11, 2012

    Trooper went through surgery yesterday and is doing well. Not that any of you care but if there is SOMEONE out there in Golo land that actually does, know that he's going to be okay and will go back to work in a few months doing a good job like he always has. No it wasn't his fault and no he will not be charged even though a good many of you wish for that.

  • piene2 Jul 10, 2012

    "All your neighbors are perfect huh? You just can't admit there are situations the police are meant to handle that you couldn't possibly deal with. All those people in prison just walked into jail by themselves didn't they? And your neighborhood is somehow magically imune to bad deeds. As usual, you give me a good laugh each time you post. Keep up the comedy.
    thepeopleschamp"

    First off most of the people in prison do not belong there. Secondly I do not invite trouble. I have never had any of the sort of trouble that people here are so frightened of and doubt that I ever will. Lastly I would be a lot more likely to trust the crooks than the cops. At the very least the crooks are honest about what they are while the cops are not.

  • thepeopleschamp Jul 10, 2012

    "You must live in some other neighborhood than I do."
    piene2

    All your neighbors are perfect huh? You just can't admit there are situations the police are meant to handle that you couldn't possibly deal with. All those people in prison just walked into jail by themselves didn't they? And your neighborhood is somehow magically imune to bad deeds. As usual, you give me a good laugh each time you post. Keep up the comedy.

  • piene2 Jul 10, 2012

    "Piene2,

    If someone assaults you and puts you in the hospital you are going to need more than a report. What are you going to do arrest them without with all of those arrest powers who have.
    ASU"

    Nothing like that has happened to me in seventy years so why should it happen now? I have had cars stolen, boats stolen and even an airplane stolen but never any violence. Perhaps violence seeks out violent people?

  • piene2 Jul 10, 2012

    "@ ASU, it seems Mr. Retired Aerospace Engineer who answers to no company and has all his time to do as he pleases stops posting after 5:00PM. Lol.
    thepeopleschamp"

    I enjoy cocktails around five in the afternoon but as you can see, I am here, martini in hand. Actually the most tiring thing about these forums are that they are shut down at eight in the evening. I like to stay up until the wee hours but there is no one to play with.

  • piene2 Jul 10, 2012

    "So if your neighbor was beating his wife you wouldn't call the police? You would step in and take him to jail yourself? Because you never ever need police, right?
    thepeopleschamp"

    You must live in some other neighborhood than I do.

  • thepeopleschamp Jul 10, 2012

    @ ASU, it seems Mr. Retired Aerospace Engineer who answers to no company and has all his time to do as he pleases stops posting after 5:00PM. Lol.

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