When driving in inclement weather, extra caution is often necessary. A North Carolina car accident in Hartnett County has injured a trooper and another driver. Although police believe rain was a factor in the two-vehicle crash, the driver said to be responsible is now facing charges. The accident was serious enough to warrant the closure of N.C. Highway 27 for several hours.
The car accident occurred near the city of Benson on the afternoon of July 9. A trooper was traveling west near Bailey's Road when his vehicle was hit by a van being driven a 40-year-old man from Cameron. Authorities believe wet road conditions caused the van to hydroplane and cross over the center line. The impact of the crash caused the man's van to overturn many times before it stopped. The trooper's car came to a stop on the road's right shoulder.
A witness who saw the accident stated that it looked like the trooper's vehicle doors had been torn off. The trooper suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening and was taken to Wake Medical Center. The van driver suffered minor injuries that did not require hospitalization. He was, however, treated on the scene.
Police expect to bring charges against the van driver for his role in this car accident. The type of charges pending has not been released. The end result of this accident could have been tragic, but fortunately for everyone involved, there were no life-threatening injuries sustained. However, when a North Carolina resident is driving in poor weather conditions, they continue to have a duty of reasonable care toward others in the roadway -- a duty that may be heightened due to the road conditions.
Source: wral.com, "Rain a factor in Harnett crash that injured trooper, driver," July 9, 2012