A trooper died Friday night in a single vehicle collision in Wayne County, the N.C. State Highway Patrol announced.
Trooper Nolan J. Sanders died after his patrol car traveled off the roadway, struck a concrete culvert off the right shoulder of the roadway and came to rest near impact, NCSHP said. The incident happened at about 7:17 p.m. near the 19.5-mile marker on I-795 in Wayne County. Sanders was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Our SHP family is devastated by the loss of Trooper Nolan Sanders this evening,” commander of the State Highway Patrol, Colonel Glenn M. McNeill Jr. said “Trooper Sanders personified what it meant to be a Trooper, his passing will leave a lasting mark on all that had the honor to work together with him. The coming days and weeks will prove to be difficult, but we will stand with the Sanders family throughout this difficult process.”
Sanders was assigned to Troop C, District 2 in Wayne County.
The SHP Collision Reconstruction Unit is handling the investigation.