Multi-vehicle crash in Greenville involving GPD officer

Greenville police officer injured in crash
Published: Jul. 10, 2020 at 6:51 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - A Greenville police officer was injured in a multi-vehicle crash this evening in Greenville.

The wreck happened at the intersection of Evans Street and Arlington Blvd.

Greenville Police Lt. Dale Mills said the officer involved in the crash was heading to a call. “We had one of our officers responding to an in progress, life threatening call involving CPR at a location East in town here and while they were responding, they were proceeding through the intersection and was involved in a wreck.”

Greenville Fire and Rescue arrived on scene to treat those who were injured and transported the Greenville police officer and other drivers to the hospital. Lt. Mills said its unclear how badly the officer was hurt. He said, “He had some lacerations and so forth and seemed a little disoriented.”

Julian Wilson was one of the drivers involved in the crash. He said, “I see the cop officer kind of go and speed over and as I’m trying to stop because I’m like oh my goodness and I’m trying to swerve out of it. At the end of the day it just collided.”

Traffic backed up on Arlington in both directions while crews worked to quickly clear the scene during a busy rush hour time of the evening.

Wilson said all he could think about was if everyone was okay. “I get out of the car and I’m screaming and it all went through I just stopped and I prayed because at the end of the day I could walk out free. And that was it. I can get a new vehicle, we can get a new car for me to have my life we couldn’t get another one of those so the fact that I was able to get that was amazing,” said Wilson.

Officers warn drivers to be alert and to pay attention to emergency vehicle’s lights and sirens.

Lt. Mills said, “Look for lights, listen for sirens on emergency vehicles. Please yield to us, we are trying to get to life threatening calls and so forth and clear a way best you can for us especially at intersections. Keep your music cut down and be alert.”

Advice, he said can help people to hopefully avoid car wrecks and keep drivers safe on the road.

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