Knightdale police officer dies in crash on Interstate 540

Officer Ryan Hayworth, 23, was killed in the crash.
Officer Ryan Hayworth, 23, was killed in the crash.(WITN)
Published: Oct. 17, 2021 at 3:24 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 17, 2021 at 3:37 PM EDT
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KNIGHTDALE, N.C. (AP) - A police officer has died after a crash on Interstate 540.

Media outlets report it happened early Sunday morning.

Knightdale police officers were investigating a single-car crash on I-540 just after 2:30 a.m. when a car hit their cruiser from behind.

Officer Ryan Hayworth, who was 23, was killed in the crash.

The crash occurred in the eastbound lanes by mile marker 22.

Hayworth’s training officer, Cody Hagler, was seriously injured, as was the driver who hit them and the person involved in the initial single-car crash.

Local officials said in a news release that Hagler’s injuries were not life-threatening.

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