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Trooper car hit on I-40, woman charged in connection to crash (NC)


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Wake County, N.C. — While investigating a crash on Interstate 40, a state trooper's car was struck by another car Saturday night.

A car involved in a previous crash was disabled in the highway near Aviation Parkway and had to be moved with a tow truck. One trooper was training another when a car driven by Sydney Neilson Torrel, 28, of Southern Pines, struck the squad car from behind.


Torrel was charged with driving while impaired, reckless driving, misdemeanor child abuse, a child restraint violation and failure to reduce speed.


State Highway Patrol officials said a 5-year-old girl was in Torrel's car and wasn't wearing a seatbelt when the crash occurred.


Both troopers were taken to Duke University Hospital with minor injuries and released a few hours later.


Torrel and the child were also taken to Duke Hospital with injuries and were stable condition.


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