LUMBERTON — A state Highway Patrol trooper is recovering with minor injuries after his vehicle was struck and destroyed following a traffic stop this morning, according to 1st Sgt. Ardeen Hunt.
Trooper R.D. Wright was taking notes on his computer while his vehicle was parked on the northbound side of Interstate 95 near mile marker 5 when a pickup truck ran off the road and collided with his car, Hunt said. Mile marker 5 is located near the Lumberton welcome center.
The impact caused Wright’s car to hit a guardrail and the truck to overturn.
One lane of traffic was closed until the 2013 Toyota truck, which was also destroyed, could be towed away, Hunt said.
Wright called an ambulance and both he and 31-year-old Brandon Poston, of Pamlico, S.C., were taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center and treated and released.
Wright, who lives in Lumberton, suffered some lower back and shoulder pain. Poston suffered bruising and a cut on the back of his head.
Poston has been cited with a lane-control violation. Hunt said Poston was traveling the 70 mph speed limit.
Hunt estimated Wright’s patrol vehicle cost at about $23,000. The trooper will get some time off to recuperate.
“Thank God he’s OK,” Hunt said.