Wreck scene

TROOPER INJURED—Trooper J.G. Barnes was seriously hurt when his patrol car, at right in photo above, was hit head-on by a Buick Lacrosse, left, Sunday night on N.C. 115. The driver of the Buick, Luis Castillo, was also badly injured. Both vehicles were destroyed.

A state trooper and another man were seriously injured in a collision Sunday night on N.C. 115 near the Broadway Fire Station and Damascus Church Road, according to Sgt. J.S. Swagger of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Trooper J.G. Barnes, 31, driving a marked Dodge Charger patrol vehicle, was taken by Wilkes Emergency Medical Services to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He sustained shoulder, ankle and leg fractures. Those close to Barnes said he underwent surgery Monday.

Luis Castillo, 37, of North Wilkesboro, driving a 2005 Buick Lacrosse sedan, was also transported by Wilkes EMS to Baptist for treatment of serious injuries, Swagger said.

At 10:12 p.m., Barnes was southbound when Castillo’s car went left of center, hitting the trooper’s vehicle head-on, Swagger said.

Both Barnes and Castillo were trapped in the wreckage of their vehicles. They were removed by Wilkes Rescue Squad personnel, along with personnel from the Broadway and North Wilkesboro fire departments, Sgt. R.K. Aldridge said.

Castillo was charged with driving while impaired, Swagger said. According to N.C. Department of Corrections records, Castillo has four prior convictions for DWI.

Barnes is a five-year veteran of the N.C. Highway Patrol assigned to Troop F, District 2 in Wilkes County.

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