4-Wheeler Sends Big Rig Plunging Into Pond, Trucker Air Lifted From Scene
Lee County, NC – A trucker’s condition is unknown after he was airlifted to a hospital yesterday following a crash with a passenger vehicle that sent his tractor-trailer plunging into a pond.
According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol (NCHP), the accident took place Thursday on State Highway 87 at an historically dangerous intersection just before the Deputy Julian Powers Bridge around 4:45 p.m.
Authorities said a passenger vehicle turned into the path of the semi before the two vehicles collided.
The Kenworth tractor-trailer then careened down an embankment and plummeted into a pond.
Emergency crews, including rescue divers, were immediately dispatched to the scene.
Rescue efforts to remove the trucker from the water were successful, and the trucker was air lifted to a nearby hospital.
Troopers say the driver of the passenger vehicle was also transported to a hospital.
On Friday, Transportation Nation Network (TNN) reached out to the NCHP, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and Sanford Police Department seeking an identification and update on the conditions of those involved.
However, as of yet, no one has responded to our inquiries.
Traffic was backed up for several hours during rush hour, with the road shut down in both directions for a short time.
Facebook user Kimberly Nation posted a photo of the accident, warning locals of the traffic backup and calling the area where the crash took place “one of the [worst] intersections in Lee County.”
She wrote, “Stop running this set of lights people!!! This intersection needs a camera placed!”
In response, another Facebook user, Alison Michele, added, “This is where I had my accident almost 3 years ago. I hate driving thru that section. My heart skips a beat every time I do.”
TNN will continue to monitor this story.
Photo courtesy of WRAL