NC State Highway Patrol trooper killed in single-car crash in Wayne County

WAYNE COUNTY, N.C. — North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating after one of its troopers was killed in a crash while he was on-duty in Wayne County Friday night.

Officials said Trooper Nolan Sanders was driving on Interstate 795 just after 7 p.m. when his patrol car drove off the road and hit a concrete culvert on the right shoulder.

Sanders was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Authorities have not said what led up to the crash. State Highway Patrol’s Collision Reconstruction Unit will be continue to investigate the incident.

Sanders was a five-year veteran of the State Highway Patrol. Commander of the State Highway Patrol Colonel Glenn McNeill said Sanders “personified what it meant to be a trooper.”

“Our SHP family is devastated by the loss of Trooper Nolan Sanders this evening,” McNeill said. “Trooper Sanders personified what it meant to be a Trooper, his passing will leave a lasting mark on all that had the honor to work together with him. The coming days and weeks will prove to be difficult, but we will stand with the Sanders family throughout this difficult process.”

In a statement on Twitter, Governor Roy Cooper thanked Sanders for his courage and his commitment to protecting North Carolina.

No other information has been released.

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