During the heavy thunderstorm Monday evening, a vehicle accident involving an SUV and a Wayne County Sheriff’s deputy occurred at the intersection of U.S. 117 Alternate and Outlaw Road. The deputy was driving north on 117 Alt. when the vehicle collided with a southbound SUV at the intersection. Dudley firefighters were dispatched to the scene along with Wayne County EMS. Firefighters had to use their extrication tools to remove the driver’s side door of the sheriff’s car in order to free the deputy. That section of 117 Alt. was closed due the accident. The deputy had to be taken to the hospital for his injuries. No one in the SUV was injured in the crash. The accident is under an investigation by the North Carolina Highway Patrol.