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LINCOLNTON – A Lincoln County deputy was airlifted to a Charlotte hospital and underwent surgery after a head-on crash Wednesday, authorities said.

Deputy Shannon Bridges was responding to a 911 hangup call at a home in the 3900 block of East N.C. 27 at about 4:20 p.m., according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

“He was slowing his patrol cruiser to turn into a driveway when he crashed head on with a Honda Odyssey van,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

The female driver of the van was pinned in the vehicle and suffered leg injuries.

Bridges and Deputy B. Lineberger assisted the woman until other responders arrived. She was transported to Caromont Medical Center in Gastonia.

Bridges was transported to Atrium Health-Lincoln after complaining of chest pains.

“Once at the hospital it was discovered that he had a lacerated artery and internal bleeding,” the sheriff’s office said.

He was airlifted to Atrium Health-Charlotte where he underwent surgery.

“The surgery was successful and Deputy Bridges is recovering in the hospital,” the sheriff’s office said.

The N.C. State Highway Patrol investigated the accident.


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