UPDATE: Butte Co. Sheriff deputy hospitalized in wreck indentified

Feb 25, 2016 1:28 PM by David McVicker

A Butte County Sheriff’s deputy is in the hospital following an accident Thursday near Woodland Park Drive in Forrest Ranch, the California Highway Patrol reported.

CHP reported deputy Tracy Panuke, 44, was on her way to work around 5 a.m. in a marked Ford SUV and, according to the patrol, fell asleep at the wheel.

Panuke drifted off the road and crashed into a tree. She sustained deep lacerations and the vehicle was majorly damaged.

The deputy was transported to Enloe Medical Center for treatment.

CHP says drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the collision.

This is a developing story, stay tuned to Action News Now for all the details.


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