Soldier dies, another hurt in head-on crash with NC deputy, officials say

A Google maps image of NC 144 in Laurel Hill. Authorities did not say exactly where on NC 144 in Laurel Hill the crash happened.

LAUREL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) — A soldier died in North Carolina after a head-on crash with a deputy’s cruiser in Scotland County on Saturday night, the NC Highway Patrol said.

The incident happened around 9:48 p.m. on NC 144 in Laurel Hill in Scotland County, said Lt. Jeff Gordon of the NC Highway Patrol.

A car containing two soldiers in uniform “ran a stop sign” and hit head-on with a Scotland County Sheriff’s Office vehicle that was occupied by two deputies, Gordon said.

The solider who was driving, who appeared not to be wearing a seat belt, died in the incident, Gordon said.

Gordon did not indicate where the soldiers were based.

The other soldier has life threatening injuries, and was transported by helicopter to a hospital, Gordon said.

The two deputies were talking at the scene, and appeared not to have life threatening injuries, according to Gordon.

Both deputies were transported via ambulance to a nearby hospital, Gordon said.

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