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Tractor driver suffers life-threatening injuries after trooper collision

Posted May 14, 2013

— Authorities in Roanoke Rapids are investigating a wreck after a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper hit a farm tractor.

The trooper was responding to a crash on U.S. Highway 158, about 5 miles west of Roanoke Rapids, around 4:30 p.m. when the tractor turned in front of the trooper while the trooper had on his lights and sirens.

The trooper, whose name wasn't released, was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.

The tractor's driver suffered life-threatening injuries and was being treated Thursday night at a Greenville hospital, where he was in the intensive care unit.

Authorities have not released his name.


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  • feistyredhead2001 May 16, 2013

    Well... as much as I would love to believe the trooper was responding safely..... I Doubt it! I was almost in a head on accident with a sherrif Tuesday because he had his lights and sirens going, going around a car, GOING AROUND A BEND and coming straight at me ! If you don't have clear view.... you should be more cautious.... COP OR NOT !

  • LEO 101 May 14, 2013

    To shaggingsenior, Troopers have the basic training for first aid. They can and have been to a crash scene and helped a person out of a burning car, So you common sense geezz

  • rescuefan May 14, 2013

    It appears that over half of the people who have commented on this story didn't actually read the story. They saw trooper in the title and assumed it was his fault because all they like to do is bash law enforcement.

    I hope the farmer makes a full recovery.

  • RonnieR May 14, 2013

    The patrolman always talks to the fire personnel first. They have the info on where any victims that were transported and their registrations cards, any wrecker desires, etc. They can also tell him/her what the scene was like on arrival, any vehicles they moved, etc. big source of info for the Patrolman. Benn there, done that!

  • mojaintsmall May 14, 2013

    It is beyond past time for a Federal agency to step in and clean up that organization and it starts at the top and runs rampant through the entire place. just because they carry a badge does not mean they are above the law. Clean out the corrupt, the criminals who hide behind the angelic trooper mentality they have.

  • mojaintsmall May 14, 2013

    Another reckless accident caused by a careless highway patrolman which is just another example of how messed up that entire agency is.

  • shaggingsenior May 14, 2013

    Why was the trooper in such a big hurry, well if you called 911, would you want him to take his time or be in a hurry???jennyj915
    The trooper isn't going to do anything to help you, that is what the EMT is for. I would want the trooper to use a little common sense and not be driving so fast he could not react to a situation. There was an accident in front of my house and the fire and rescue responded. There is a blind spot when approaching my drive way. The trooper was going so fast that he almost took out the volunteer fireman that were on the scene. When he arrived he didn't speak to anyone involved in the accident, just talked with his buddies on the fire department. So there really isn't any need for the troopers to break the sound barrier on the way to an accident.

  • prayingtime May 14, 2013

    according to our local RR news Sergeant B.W. Overton said evidence suggests that Jarrell, who was driving a tractor east on Highway 158, was attempting to make a left turn onto private property when he was struck by the trooper.

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  • johnnyaudit May 14, 2013

    JKSS, sorry if I didn't write it clearly, I was supporting the NCSHP against the comment about how slow they respond. My point was they can easily respond quicker in rural areas where traffic is lighter and doesn't get in their way (especially those drivers who ignore the lights and sirens).