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Car Crash Injures Rocky Mount Officer, 2 Others

Posted April 29, 2007 12:34 p.m. EDT
Updated April 29, 2007 7:01 p.m. EDT

— A Rocky Mount police officer was injured Sunday morning in a collision at an intersection in the city between his cruiser and another vehicle, police said.

Officer Allen Silver was airlifted to Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, where he was listed in critical condition late Sunday afternoon.

Silver was heading north on Woodruff Street and a sport-utility vehicle was going east on Hunter Hill Road, police at the scene said. The crash occurred in front of the L&L convenience store and Exxon station at Hunter Hill Road where Woodruff Street turns into Winstead Avenue.

Firefighters had to use rescue tools to cut Silver free from the cruiser.

"I was just like, 'Oh, I hope he's okay,'" said witness Douglas Barfield. "I didn't see any movement at all in the car. And as they were cutting him out, you couldn't hear anything."

The driver of the SUV, Kenneth Hibbler, and his 11-year-old son were taken to nearby Nash Memorial Hospital, police said. Hibbler was treated and released, but the condition of his son was unknown.