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NC policeman dies after patrol car crashes off bridge

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Officials in Asheville say an officer is dead after the cruiser he was in crashed from a bridge Tuesday afternoon.

The incident happened on the Jeff Bowen Bridge on Interstate 240 over the French Broad River in Asheville.  The cruiser, driven by Officer Robert Bingaman, was traveling eastbound and landed on the ground below, according to authorities.

The vehicle was stabilized and Bingaman was removed and rushed to the hospital.  At that time, he was pronounced dead.

Bingaman had been with the department for six years.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation says two lanes on the bridge were closed.  The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating.

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