Charges pending in crash that injured state trooper, other driver

Published: Jul. 7, 2020 at 3:16 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2020 at 1:38 PM EDT
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DUPLIN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Charges are pending in a crash that injured a state trooper and another man on Interstate 40 Tuesday afternoon.

The Highway Patrol says Trooper D.M. Rich was investigating a crash on I-40 near Rose Hill when he blocked the left lane with his cruiser so a tow truck could hook up a vehicle in the accident.

Troopers say Samuel Sutherland, 21, of Camp Lejeune, didn’t slow down or change lanes and his vehicle hit the trooper’s cruiser from behind. At the time, Trooper Rich was inside his cruiser.

Both Trooper Rich and Sutherland were taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

This crash is still under investigation, according to the Highway Patrol.


A state trooper was injured Tuesday afternoon when their cruiser was hit from behind while investigating another crash.

The Highway Patrol says it happened on Interstate 40 in Duplin County near Rose Hill.

A spokesman says the trooper was in the patrol vehicle when it was struck by another car. Both the state trooper and the driver of the other vehicle were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, according to the Highway Patrol.

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