FIRST ON WITN: Deputy Escapes Injuries In Six Vehicle Crash

A deputy sheriff escaped injury after his parked patrol vehicle was rear-ended as part of a six vehicle crash in Craven County this afternoon.

The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. near the Riverdale Road intersection of U.S. 70, outside of James City.

State troopers have charged two of those drivers with failure to reduce speed.

The Highway Patrol says the deputy had pulled a traffic offender over into the center median of U.S. 70. Apparently one oncoming vehicle swerved at the last minute because of the deputy, causing another vehicle to swerve and crash into the back the the patrol car. Three other vehicles then wrecked in the chain reaction crash.

The deputy was out of his patrol vehicle at the time of the crash and was not injured. A man and women in the vehicle that struck the patrol vehicle were sent to CarolinaEast with minor injuries.

Troopers say Crystal Bizzell of Pollocksville, who was driving the sixth vehicle, and Amber Lagunas of Havelock with failure to reduce speed. They say Lagunas' vehicle rear-ended the deputy's vehicle.

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