Benson, N.C. — 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.