North Carolina Police Officer Injured in Crash with Tractor-Trailer
HAYWOOD COUNTY, NC. – According to an online news report from wspa.com, a North Carolina police officer was injured December 28 in a collision with a tractor-trailer.*
At approximately 6:35 a.m. on December 28, Officer Christopher Morrow, of the Woodfin Police Department, was responding to a single-vehicle wreck on Interstate 40 East in Haywood County, North Carolina. Near mile marker 31, Morrow pulled over with his cruiser’s blue lights on and was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer.
Morrow suffered minor injuries and was transported to Haywood Regional Hospital. The driver of the tractor-trailer, 51-year-old Clarence Powell, of North Augusta, South Carolina, was not injured in the crash. North Carolina Highway Patrol cited Powell for failure to reduce speed.
The driver of the vehicle that had wrecked prior to Morrow’s arrival was injured and transported to Mission Hospital. The driver’s Ford Escape had somehow wrecked on the interstate. No details about this accident were reported.
The Woodfin Police Department posted a picture on social media of Morrow’s crumpled car after the accident with the caption: “A very real reminder of why [North Carolina] has a ‘Move Over’ law. Our Officer is okay and walked away from this, however it could have had a very different outcome. Please slow down and move over for stopped emergency vehicles.”
A report from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund shows that 128 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in 2017. Of those officer fatalities, 47 were caused by traffic-related incidents, a number that also saw a decrease from the previous year (compared to 54 traffic-related officer deaths in 2016).
Still, at that number, traffic-related accidents were the leading cause of officer fatalities in 2017. Thirty-three of those accidents involved collisions with other vehicles or fixed objects. Nine officers died in 2017 from being struck by cars while on the side of the road.
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