An Iredell County Sheriff's Office deputy with more than 23 years of service in Iredell County was killed Wednesday afternoon in a wreck with another Iredell deputy.

Cpl. Bill Wood, who was off-duty, died on Taylorsville Highway when his personal motorcycle collided with a patrol car driven by Deputy Justin Betts, Sheriff Darren Campbell said.

"This is a tragic accident," Campbell said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with both families."

Campbell was at the scene.

 The wreck happened around 1:40 p.m. between Tarlton and Lippard Farm roads. That section of Taylorsville Highway remained closed Wednesday afternoon as the N.C. Highway Patrol investigated.

Campbell said Betts was headed west on Taylorsville Highway north of Statesville and Wood was traveling East. Betts slowed to turn into a parking lot and pulled out in front of Wood, and the two collided.

Betts was uninjured.

Officials were seen performing chest compression on a man beside the road about 15 minutes after the wreck.  A few minutes later, they stopped and covered the body with a sheet.

Betts, assigned to the sheriff's warrant squad, has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation.

Wood has been a county employee since 1993, when he began work at Iredell County Emergency Communications as a dispatcher. He joined the sheriff's office in 2007.

"Everybody is familiar with each other," Campbell added. "We work with each other. Bill has been associated with the sheriff's office for a long time."

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