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Two injured in head-on collision involving Vass police officer

Posted November 19, 2013
Updated November 20, 2013

A Vass police officer was involved in a head-on collision just outside the Moore County town Tuesday evening, Nov. 19, 2013. (Photo by Billy Marts)

— A Vass police officer and a woman were seriously injured Tuesday evening in a head-on collision outside the Moore County town, authorities said.

Vass Police Chief Brian Deel said the officer, Andrew Schofield, 28, was driving north on U.S. Highway 1 around 8:30 p.m. when he noticed a car traveling the wrong direction.

Schofield turned on his siren as a signal for the car's driver to move out of the way, Deel said, but the driver continued toward the officer and other vehicles.

Deel said the Schofield did not move out of the way so that he could protect others on the road. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Pinehurst, Deel said.

The 67-year-old woman was taken by life flight to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Her name and condition were not available early Wednesday. 

Schofield was treated and released.

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  • Paladin2 Nov 20, 5:01 p.m.

    Correcta Mundo: "I might have tried to hit the side of the vehicle instead." That would be next to impossible and the result would have sent the wrong way car head on into other vehicles. It sounds like he sacrificed his own safety to protect other drivers on the road.

  • doinbizzness Nov 20, 4:52 p.m.

    Most will never understand that kind of Bravery. I personally wouldn't have had the courage to meet another car head on.

  • Pepe Silvia Nov 20, 4:52 p.m.

    "Why was what this policeman do heroic.....???" - lessismore

    He risked his life to save others. If he had swerved - no doubt how you or I or anyone else on here would have reacted - there is no telling who she would have hit.

  • K9Tucker.LoveMYcop Nov 20, 4:18 p.m.

    You are quick to judge the officer, he might have saved one of your children. I'm pretty sure he didn't have time to think of how else he could get her off the road.

    Certainly hope she is ok.

  • frosty Nov 20, 3:05 p.m.

    Two injured is much better than two or more dead.

  • simplelogic Nov 20, 1:54 p.m.

    "So in your mind it would be impossible to stop her without the need of having to life flight her out of there?"

    You're making an assumption. She may have needed life flight for the medical condition that caused her to be driving in the wrong direction to begin with.

  • btneast Nov 20, 1:43 p.m.

    So in your mind it would be impossible to stop her without the need of having to life flight her out of there? If that wasn’t so sad it would be laughable

    Dude you keep missing the point. How many cars were behind the officer? 1....3....none...that we don't know. How wide was the road to allow him to make a 180 and run her down or another try if he failed? The point is she was going to hit somebody anyway.....had he not hit her, she would have hit the next car coming. Likely he had only seconds to make a decision. What if there was another oncoming car that prevented him from another angle? Sideswiping her would NOT have stopped her. She was liable to only pick up speed if allowed to continue. His responsibility was to stop a menace to the public. Had she continued, there would likely have been several people life flighted instead of just her.

  • Classified Nov 20, 1:23 p.m.

    “Perhaps you watch too much TV.......that only happens there.”

    So in your mind it would be impossible to stop her without the need of having to life flight her out of there? If that wasn’t so sad it would be laughable.

  • btneast Nov 20, 1:05 p.m.

    I’m not saying he shouldn’t have hit her but considering the amount of injury I might inflict by hitting someone head-on I might have tried to hit the side of the vehicle instead.

    Perhaps you watch too much TV.......that only happens there. The driver of the oncoming car is already guaranteed to be in a collision, the question is with who? Rather than let the car get by and hit a car full of kids or a school bus, he made a split second decision and took the hit.

  • Classified Nov 20, 12:35 p.m.

    Correcta, exactly WHAT would YOU have done to stop this wrong-way driver before she killed someone???

    I’m not saying he shouldn’t have hit her but considering the amount of injury I might inflict by hitting someone head-on I might have tried to hit the side of the vehicle instead.

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