GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Highway Patrol says a Guilford County trooper was injured when a car hydroplaned on I-85 and hit the trooper's patrol car Sunday afternoon.

The accident happened at 1 p.m. on I-85 southbound near mile marker 121 when Trooper Gordy responded to the area to investigate a crash that happened before noon.

Monday, Highway Patrol said Gordy was released from the hospital Sunday and was doing well.

Trooper Gordy

Highway Patrol says while Trooper Gordy was completing the collision report in his patrol car, a gray 2006 Ford Fusion hydroplaned and hit the patrol car in the rear as well as another car related to the other crash.

Highway Patrol says the driver was going too fast for the conditions. She was estimated to be traveling 65 mph when she lost control of her car.

Trooper Gordy was taken to Moses Cone Hospital and his injuries appear non-life threatening.

The driver was charged with exceeding a safe speed for the conditions of the roadway.

Highway Patrol has these tips for driving in bad weather:

  • Adjust your speed to the condition(s) of the roadway
  • Increase following distance
  • Use headlights and windshield wipers
  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have good tread-depth
  • Be alert for standing water

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