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Towed car breaks free from police, killing one

The police were just trying to impound a car, but they were inadvertently involved in a deadly accident here in North Carolina. The employee towing the car was working for the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office. After the crash, the North Carolina Highway Patrol was brought in to carry out an investigation.

The Sheriff's Office employee was behind the wheel of a Ford pick-up truck. Behind him was the impounded vehicle, on a dolly heading down McKendree Church Road.

That's when the car that was being towed came loose. It jumped off of the dolly, rolled over the center line, and plowed into oncoming traffic. A 2009 Chevy with at least two people in it coming the other way and was hit head on.

The driver of the Chevy vehicle lived and was transported to Vidant Hospital in Greenville, though that driver's injuries were reported to be life-threatening. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The employee with the police department was not injured in the accident. The department put out a brief statement showing their its support for the families of those impacted by the tragic crash.

People often assume that they won't be involved in a crash if they drive safely and avoid making mistakes. While doing so is wise, of course, it does not guarantee that you won't be hurt in an accident. Crashes are often unpredictable and they happen in a split second. If you're injured or a loved one is killed, make sure you know what legal rights you may have to compensation.

Source: WRAL, "Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office employee involved in fatal wreck," Sep. 13, 2017

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