N.C. 211 reopened after wreck involving truck, sheriff’s deputy (UPDATED)

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A truck and a Brunswick County sheriff’s deputy collided on N.C. 211 Tuesday morning as the deputy–who had blue lights and sirens on–attempted to pass the truck.

The deputy and a driver of a flat-bed truck carrying a large water tank were both driving east toward Southport on N.C. 211 near Woodside Trail at about 7:20 a.m., when the truck collided with the deputy’s patrol vehicle as she attempted to pass the truck, according to N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. H.A. Cannady.

The deputy, the driver of the truck and a passenger in the truck were all taken to the hospital to be treated of injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.

The truck overturned, which closed N.C. 211–between Midway Road and Clemmons Road–until about 11:30 a.m., according to Emily Flax, spokeswoman for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

Cannady said the investigation into the wreck was ongoing and declined to give additional details, including the names of those involved. When asked about potential charges, Cannady said, “we’re still trying to sort that out.”

Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram recently announced an initiative that would increase patrols on the two-lane state highway after three fatal wrecks were reported in two weeks.

A 31-year-old Oak Island man died in a single-vehicle wreck at about 10 a.m. Saturday near the RiverSea subdivision off N.C. 211. Two children–ages 9 and 3–were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center to be treated for injuries.

On May 11, 57-year-old Joanne Van Der Kuijl was killed in a head-on collision as she drove to Brunswick Community College, where she worked as the director of the Brunswick Interagency Program, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol. A 60-year-old Ohio woman died in a head-on collision with a dump truck on the same road on May 4.

“We are committed to do what needs to be done in order to save lives on our roadways,” Ingram said. “Please understand, these actions are not to see how many tickets we can write. We will take every measure possible to ensure that no more lives are lost on this stretch of road.

“Please be safe. Slow it down. Pay attention. Losing a loved one in a tragic car accident is heartbreaking. Let’s work together to make sure our roads are safe.”