NC officer manages to walk away after 18-wheeler smashes into cruiser on I-40

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WOODFIN, N.C. (WSPA) – A police officer in western North Carolina suffered minor injuries after he was hit by a tractor-trailer early Friday morning on Interstate 40 in Haywood County.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol says Woodfin Police Officer Christopher Morrow responded to a one-car crash in the eastbound lanes near mile marker 31 around 6:35 a.m.

Troopers say he turned on his cruiser’s blue lights when the vehicle was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer.

The 18-wheeler was driven by Clarence Powell, 51, of North Augusta, South Carolina, officials said.

Morrow was taken to Haywood Regional Hospital with minor injuries. Powell wasn’t hurt, but was charged with failure to reduce speed by the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

The driver of a Ford Escape – which crashed before the police officer arrived – was taken to Mission Hospital. 

Woodfin Police Department officials posted to their Facebook page on Friday after the crash, saying the officer is OK and walked away from the crash.

Police added in their Facebook post that the crash “could have had a very different outcome. Please slow down and move over for stopped emergency vehicles.”

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