Bystander pulls N.C. cop from fiery wreck; officer airlifted

Officer Breanna Toney was rescued from her patrol car after a pickup truck crashed into her

By Alison Cutler
The Charlotte Observer

MITCHELL COUNTY, N.C. — A police officer in North Carolina was rescued from her burning patrol car after it crashed head-on with a pickup truck and she had to be airlifted to the hospital.

The Marion Police Department said that officer Breanna Toney was driving a 2021 Dodge Charger police vehicle when she was involved in the crash. The crash happened around 6:15 a.m. on Jan. 31 in Mitchell County, WLOS reported.

North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers told FOX Carolina that the pickup crossed the center line as it went around a curve and hit Toney’s vehicle.

“The driver of the Tacoma was possibly left of center due to a medical condition present at the time of the accident according to EMS on scene,” a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper told WLOS.

The driver faces a charge of driving left of center, according to FOX Carolina.

The patrol car caught fire during the crash, WSPA reported, and a bystander was able to pry open a doorand pull Toney out.

Toney was airlifted for Johnson City Medical Center in Tennessee for treatment, according to the Marion Police Department. She is in stable condition.

Police have not released information about the condition of the pickup driver.

“We would like to ask you to keep Officer Toney and her family in your prayers as she travels her road to recovery,” Marion Police Chief Allen Lawrence wrote in the news release.

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