ASHEVILLE, NC (WIS/WYFF) – A police officer died when his cruiser went off a bridge in Asheville early Tuesday afternoon.
The police car plummeted off the Jeff Bowen Bridge on Highway 240 and landed along Riverside Drive at about 1 p.m.
The cruiser was flipped up on end, with its hood crushed into the ground and the rear of the car against a bridge piling.
Asheville Police Chief William Anderson said Tuesday afternoon that Officer Robert Bingaman died in the crash.
“Despite the efforts of emergency personnel and our own officers who responded to the scene, officer Bingaman succumbed to his injuries,” said a visibly shaken Anderson. “It goes without saying that this is a great loss for our department, the City of Asheville and our community.”