Chief R. Allen Scott of the Dallas Police Department in North Carolina sadly reports the death of Corporal Travis Wells.
Cpl. Wells, 46, sustained fatal injuries in a single vehicle crash. It is believed that he suffered a medical emergency while driving his 2007 Ford Crown Victoria patrol vehicle.
Wells failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and traveled 211 feet in a straight line off the road before the vehicle struck a tree and rolled over. One report indicated the patrol vehicle caught fire, however, that has not been confirmed.
“In 36 years in the fire service, that was probably one of the worst entanglements I had seen in a long, long time,” Assistant Chief Rob Smith, with the Agriculture Center Volunteer Fire Department said.
Smith had the hardest job Thursday. He was Incident Commander at the scene of the deadly crash.
“We are brothers. I mean, we are all in the emergency services together,” Smith said.
A couple of responders who were very close to Wells had to step back, while the rest worked tirelessly for 30 minutes to try to remove him and give him a chance to recover.
“We all did everything in our power to make it work,” Smith said.
When they determined it was too late, they stopped, prayed and wrapped Wells’ body in an American flag.
They then reverently moved his body to an ambulance and escorted him away.
“We appreciate all the love, support and prayers during this difficult time for the Dallas Police Department and the town of Dallas as a whole,” said Chief R.A. Scott, with the Dallas Police Department.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash investigation and the reconstruction.
An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of Wells’ death. The patrol unit will also be inspected for any possible mechanical or structural failure that could have contributed to the collision.
BREAKING: Gaston County Commissioner Tracy Philbeck just posted this update. A Dallas Police Officer killer in a rollover wreck. @RachelLLundberg will be LIVE at noon on @wcnc. pic.twitter.com/PaGTvGWPQD
— Brandon Goldner (@BrandonWCNC) November 1, 2018
Travis Wells served the Dallas Police Department for 22 years. His wife survives him. They had no children.
Corporal Travis Wells is gone, but will never be forgotten.
EOW: Thursday, November 1, 2018.