Vance County crash sends two to hospital

Oct. 02, 2013 @ 07:37 PM

A head-on crash north of Henderson closed both lanes of N.C. 39 for about an hour and sent two drivers to area hospitals Wednesday afternoon.

A child who was a passenger in one of the vehicles was apparently unharmed, according to state troopers at the scene.

The call for troopers to respond came at 2:52. The Duke University Health Systems Life Flight helicopter also responded, according to Trooper Presley Settles.

By about 4, responders had cleared the area. Wreckers took a silver Honda Accord and a dark green Jeep Cherokee from the crash scene near the entrance area to Ridgeview Stables in the 7000 block of N.C. 39. Both vehicles sustained heavy damages from impact.

Settles said the 1998 Jeep had been traveling south, driven by a male who he could not yet identify pending notification of relatives. The driver sustained serious injuries, according to Settles.

“The silver Honda Accord (traveling north) crossed the center line and hit the Jeep head-on,” Settles said. “Charges are pending.”

A female driver of the Honda, also not identified by Settles, sustained serious injuries. A young male child estimated at 2 or 3 years old appeared to be uninjured as a passenger in the Honda.

Settles said his official report would not be completed until after hearing from hospital authorities and conducting further investigative work.


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