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WAYNE COUNTY, NC – State Trooper Nolan J. Sanders, 28-years-old, died in a single-vehicle car wreck while on duty in Wayne County, NC on Friday night.
Sergeant Chris Knox stated Trooper Sanders was driving northbound on I-795 at around 7:17 p.m. when his patrol vehicle went off the roadway. The vehicle struck a concrete culvert off the right shoulder of the roadway and crashed. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
The State Highway Patrol released the following statement:
“Our SHP family is devastated by the loss of Trooper Nolan Sanders this evening,” said the commander of the State Highway Patrol, Colonel Glenn M. McNeill, Jr. “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 Nolan Sanders was a five year veteran of the department. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Trooper Sanders’ family, department, and community.