Authorities: 2 dead, trooper seriously injured in Haywood County crash

Two people have died and a trooper was seriously injured after a wreck along US 23/74 in Haywood County, authorities confirm. (Photo credit: Owen Wright)

Two people have died and a trooper was seriously injured after a wreck in Haywood County, according to authorities.

It happened Tuesday afternoon on US 23/74, in front of Barber Orchard.

Trooper Kelly Rhodes said another officer was involved in an enforcement action and someone turned in front of him.

"The trooper, who was traveling west on US 74, was attempting to make an enforcement contact with his emergency equipment activated. A van, traveling east on US 74, made a U-turn into the trooper’s path and was struck by the patrol vehicle within the westbound travel lane," the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said in a news release.

Rhodes confirmed the two people in the van have died and the officer was seriously injured.


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