China Grove man flown to Baptist with serious injuries, female passenger taken as precaution

  • Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 12:50 a.m.
North Carolina State Highway Patrol on the scene of car wreck on Highway 152 near J.C. Carson High School in China Grove, NC on Thursday March 14, 2013.  Two passenagers were injured in the accident and the driver was airlifted to a nearby hospital. (Photo by Scott Myers)
North Carolina State Highway Patrol on the scene of car wreck on Highway 152 near J.C. Carson High School in China Grove, NC on Thursday March 14, 2013. Two passenagers were injured in the accident and the driver was airlifted to a nearby hospital. (Photo by Scott Myers)

CHINA GROVE — A China Grove man was seriously injured in a single vehicle crash Thursday afternoon at N.C. 152 and Kress Venture Road when his two-seater sports car hit a tree in a yard.

Mark Dale Pack, 49, was driving a 427 Ford Shelby Cobra replica, when he lost control of the vehicle, described as a kit car.


Pack, along with passenger, Kathie Champion, 52, also of China Grove, were wearing seat belts. The two were traveling west on N.C. 152, when the crash occurred, before 5 p.m. Thursday.

N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper S.B. Marshall said Pack was traveling 75 mph in a 55 mph zone.

“Something made him lose control. Overcorrecting was not a factor,” Marshall said.

Pack had a head injury, and emergency officials told the trooper Pack’s head hit the tree.

Champion was taken to the hospital to be checked out, officials said. Marshall said he didn’t believe her injuries were serious, but she was taken as a precaution.

Skid marks at the scene led from the roadway to the front lawn of a home on N.C. 152.

The car came to rest in the yard of David Jump, at 1120 N.C. 152, across from Kress Venture Road.

The skid marks disappeared a short distance, indicating the vehicle may have been airborne before striking the tree. Jump said he heard the crash and went outside to see where the wreck had happened.

“I was in the sunroom when I heard a motor race and tires squealing,” Jump said.

At first, he didn’t really pay attention to the sounds, Jump said, since students from Carson High School drive erratically from the school sometimes. He figured it was a teenager “peeling” out, he said.

When he went outside, Jump said a passerby was supporting Pack’s head and neck. He said Pack was not conscious and his breathing was labored. He was bleeding from his nose and was making a gurgling sound, Jump said.

Jump took over supporting Pack’s head at one point, he said.

Pack was flown to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where officials there did not have him listed as a patient Thursday night.

Champion was taken to Carolinas Medical Center NorthEast, but she also was not listed later Thursday.

Carson High School students had already been dismissed, and they weren’t affected by the crash. Traffic along N.C. 152 was backed up and had to be ushered around emergency vehicles. China Grove and Bostian Heights Fire departments also responded to the scene, as did Rowan Rescue Squad and Rowan EMS.

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.


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