Highway patrol says deputy crossed center line before colliding with tractor-trailer

HARNETT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – The Highway Patrol says a Harnett County deputy who was killed yesterday crossed the center line, colliding with a tractor-trailer.

The crash happened on Darrock Road near Highway 210 outside of Lillington around 3:00 p.m.

Troopers say after hitting the tractor-trailer, the deputy’s cruiser spun around in the road and then hit a Dodge Durango that was behind the tractor-trailer.

Deputy Chris Johnson was killed in the accident.

The 51-year-old Johnson was a school resource officer at Highland Middle School and had worked at several agencies for more than 25 years.

According to troopers, Johnson died at the scene. The driver of the Durango and a child that was riding in it were taken to a local hospital for what troopers say were minor injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

“As we mourn the untimely loss of Deputy Johnson, we recognize the impact he has had on the community where he lived but also the community in which he served,” Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats said. “Please continue to pray for not only his family but also those who he has impacted through his dedicated service to the Harnett County School System.”

No charges have been filed and the accident is still under investigation.

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