Head-on crash victims expected to be OK

Mar. 22, 2013 @ 01:14 PM

A head-on crash on Vicksboro Road near Aycock Road Friday morning sent two men to the hospital, one with injuries necessitating a call for assistance from Life Flight.

Rescue crews had to use cutting tools to remove Leroy Crosson, 51, of Henderson, from the 2003 Ford F-150 truck he had been driving east on Vicksboro Road.

At about 7:25 a.m., the truck crossed the center line left, according to Trooper Bradley Edwards, striking the left-front quarter panel of a west-bound 2000 GMC sport utility vehicle driven by Philip Watkins, 21, of Kittrell.

“The vehicles both spun, and the pickup continued off the road to the left,” Edwards said. “The SUV was partially on the road.”

Watkins was able to get out of his vehicle as a fire erupted. Firefighters arrived and quickly put the SUV fire out, according to Edwards.

A Life Flight air ambulance helicopter responded to the area to rush Crosson to Duke University Medical Center, Edwards added.

“EMS said that they didn’t think it was life threatening,” Edwards said.

Watkins, responsive at the scene, also was transported to Duke with less severe accident-related injuries.

Edwards said there were no other passengers in either vehicle, and both men wore seat belts.

“Airbags deployed in both vehicles,” he said. “The Ford driver was at fault in the accident.”

Edwards added that there were no excessive speed or alcohol use factors, but a charge is pending further investigation.


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