Update: Former Roper Fire Chief Injured In Wreck Now In Fair Condition

Update: Hospital officials say a former fire chief of Roper who was critically injured in a car crash Tuesday is now in fair condition at the hospital.

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The former fire chief of Roper in Washington County was taken to the hospital after a head-on collision.

The Highway Patrol says 69-year-old Charles Hassell of Roper, the former fire chief there, was injured in an accident on NC 32 near US 64 Tuesday.

Troopers say 16-year-old Corson Buckman of Washington was headed west on NC 32 in his Nissan Xterra SUV around 4 p.m., when he came upon a car stopped on the highway to turn left into a business.

Troopers say when Buckman realized he would not be able to stop in time to avoid hitting that stopped car, he swerved into oncoming traffic and hit Hassell's pick-up truck head on.

Both Hassell and Buckman, along with Buckman's passenger, 18-year-old Joshua Crozier of Washington, were taken to Washington County Hospital in Plymouth. Hassell was then transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Troopers say when he was first taken to the hospital, Hassell was in critical condition.

Both NC 32 and US 64 were shut down for a period following the crash. Troopers said charges were pending.

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