Jack-Knife Accident Claims Law Enforcement Officer’s Life
Sergeant Jeffrey Greene was on his way to work yesterday when a tractor-trailer jack-knifed coming to a stop and tumbled onto Green’s patrol car. The truck driver, Eddie Weeks, faces misdemeanor death by vehicle charges according to NC State Troopers. Weeks has received 5 traffic citations in his 20-year career, with 3 previous crashes. State DOT officials called Weeks’ record “unfortunately, not uncommon.”
The crash occurred on westbound U.S. 74 at the Sutherland Avenue stoplight, near Carolinas Medical Center – Union. Greene’s patrol car was stopped in the left turn lane waiting to turn left onto Sutherland when his cruiser was crushed by Week’s tractor trailer.
Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey said that “Jeff was a fine officer and a fine person. Every day he had a smile on his face, and every day he was eager to come to work. He loved his job.”
Flags have been lowered to half-staff throughout Union County in tribute to Greene. Sheriff Bailey described the mood in his office as “very somber. We’re still processing our loss.”
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