MEBANE, N.C.-- A trooper with the NC State Highway Patrol (NCSHP) was injured this morning in an accident on I-85/40 East in Alamance County, near the Orange County line.
Investigators tell WFMY News 2 the trooper was injured when a Greyhound bus slammed into his SUV while he was sitting inside the vehicle. The officer was blocking traffic while crews were investigating another accident at the next exit.
That accident involved a passenger car that hit three vehicles, including two fire vehicles. The driver of the car was killed on the scene.
She was identified as 33-year-old Tiffany Jennings of High Point.
Investigators said Jennings lost control of the car when it hydroplaned causing her to hit the fire truck from behind. Jennings' car then hit a a fire department SUV and a third car. Mebane Fire chief, Bob Lewis was in the SUV he was treated for and released from the hospital for minor injuries.
There were 40 people on the bus, none of them were injured, officers said. Greyhound had to dispatch another bus to the scene for passengers to load onto and continue to their destination.
Prior to Jennings accident, emergency workers were investigating a crash involving property damage. Troopers say that driver ran off the interstate and onto the right shoulder. The driver was not injured.