Wayne County State Trooper dies in wreck

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The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is mourning the loss of one of its members from a traffic collision in Wayne County. 

Trooper Nolan J. Sanders, a five-year veteran of the State Highway Patrol, was involved in a single vehicle collision while on duty in his assigned duty station of Troop C, District 2 (Wayne County).

"Our SHP family is devastated by the loss of Trooper Nolan Sanders this evening," said Colonel Glenn M. McNeill, Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol.

"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."

Trooper Sanders was traveling north on Interstate 795 at approximately 7:17 p.m. when his patrol vehicle traveled off the roadway near the 19.5-mile marker.  The vehicle struck a concrete culvert off the right shoulder of the roadway and came to rest near impact. 

Trooper Sanders was pronounced deceased at the scene of the collision.

The SHP Collision Reconstruction Unit is handling the ongoing investigation.

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