By Clint Parker
Canton – A Woodfin Police car was totaled in an accident on I-40 near Canton on Friday, December 28 at around 6:35 am. The accident occurred when Woodfin Officer Christopher Morrow, who lives in Haywood County, was traveling east on I-40 to go to work and had stopped to aid Heather Rasmussen of Clyde who had just been involved in an accident.
According to a crash report filed by NC Highway Patrol Trooper M.L. Holcombe, Morrow had stopped his 2013 police cruiser and turned on his blue lights while aiding Rasmussen who was in a 2017 Ford. It was then that a 2014 Freightliner semi-truck being driven by Clarence Powell of North Augusta, South Carolina happened upon the scene.
Powell struck the police car in the rear and Rasmussen’s Ford, pushing both vehicles forward and propelling Rasmussen’s Ford into the center concrete barrier. Powell was charged with failure to reduce speed.
The report indicates that at the time of the accident it was dark, road conditions were wet and it was raining. The report states that weather conditions were a contributing factor to the accident. Damage to the police car was estimated at $30,000, while damage to the semi was estimated at $8,000 and to the Ford $10,000.
While the report states that Powell had no injuries it did state that Morrow and Rasmussen had possible injuries and at least one or both were transported to Haywood Regional Medical Center in Clyde. A Facebook post by the Woodfin Police Department with a picture of Morrow’s car says, “Our Officer is okay and walked away from this, however it could have had a very different outcome.”