Trooper involved in accident set to return to work

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LA GRANGE, N.C. (WNCT) – There are new details after a State Trooper was injured when a driver didn’t obey the “Move Over Law.”

The “Move Over Law,” is in place to protect emergency officials while they on the side of the road. The law was established in 2002 and directs motorists to change lanes or slow down when passing a stopped emergency vehicle with flashing lights.

Trooper RC Riley was blocking off a lane of US 70 West near La Grange Sunday night. That’s when 22-year-old Dylan Smith failed to move over to the other lane and collided into the back of the trooper’s vehicle.

Trooper Riley was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital and was released Monday morning.

Officials say the accident could have been avoided if the law was followed.

“In this instance if he had just seen that the blue lights were ahead and changed to the left lane, a witness said he could have easily went over into the left lane,” State Trooper Robert Bowen said.

Highway Patrol says Smith is facing misdemeanor charges for failing to move over. Trooper Riley is at home recovering, and should be back to work by the end of the week.

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