Landis woman crashes on Daughtery Road lands down embankmment, no injuries
CHINA GROVE — Kelly Ijames can’t explain how her Nissan Altima left the roadway and landed down a 20-foot embankment.
Ijames, 49, of Landis, was traveling Friday on Daugherty Road, just after 3:30 p.m. when she felt her tire drift off the road.
She believes she overcorrected and ran off the road nearly two miles east of Landis, just before Garmon Road. N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper B.P. Potts said there was no indication Ijames went off the road to the right.
There were no skid marks on the roadway, but there were tire impressions in the wet grass.
There were no other vehicles involved in the collision. Ijames was charged with driving left of center.
“The wheel was twisting,” she said.
Ijames said she felt as though the car overturned. In fact, she told her husband she was upside down in a creek. Ijames called her husband first before she called 911, she said.
“I was in shock at first,” she said.
Ijames said when the car left the road, she closed her eyes. When Ijames opened her eyes, the first thing she saw was the creek. She said she was panicked when she called her husband.
“I felt like I was flipping,” she said.
The 911 dispatchers, believing the 2005 Nissan Altima was in a creek, sent multiple emergency responders to the area.
Both Ijames and her husband were on the phone with 911 dispatchers, who were trying to determine her location.
Potts said he believes what Ijames thought was the car overturning may have been the car rolling on two wheels before coming to rest on all four wheels. There was no damage to the roof of her car.
Her husband reached her first, opened her door and hugged her, Ijames said.
Rowan EMS personnel checked Ijames before she was able move from the car. She walked up the embankment on her own, she said.
“I just started thanking God,” Ijames said.
She said she has traveled Daugherty Road many times.
She refused an ambulance, but later complained of chest pain. Ijames thinks the chest pain came from her seat belt. Her airbag did not deploy.
A tow truck spent about 20 minutes getting her car from the embankment. On the first attempt, the cable snapped loose, pulling off the Nissan’s front bumper. The precarious position Ijames’ car was in made it difficult to get the car onto the road.
The back window was broken, while the front of the car and back trunk area were heavily damaged.