Highway Patrol Car Struck At Accident Scene

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BENSON – A state trooper was involved in an accident Sunday night after he had stopped at a wreck scene. The mishap shut down Highway 242 South for several hours. The collision was reported around 5:50pm near the intersection of Highway 242 and Surles Road.

The Highway Patrol said a 1996 Freightliner tractor trailer was traveling north on Highway 242 South when the tandem axles on the trailer separated. The axles came to rest in the northbound lane on the dark stretch of highway. The driver of the semi, Gregory Allen Poole, 47, of Clinton was uninjured.

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An off-duty state trooper immediately drove up on the tractor trailer accident and activated his blue lights. Before any other emergency vehicles could arrive, a northbound 2007 Ford driven by Mary B. Johnson, 78, of Four Oaks struck the tandem axles in her travel lane. The axles were then propelled into the Highway Patrol cruiser which was parked in the northbound lane.

The trooper was not in his cruiser when it was struck and wasn’t harmed. Johnson was evaluated by Johnston County EMS at the scene for minor injuries but was not transported to the hospital.

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Poole was cited for failure to maintain lane control.

Damage to the semi was estimated at $10,000. Damage to the 2020 Dodge patrol car was placed at $2,900 and damage to the Ford was estimated at $5,500.

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