GOLD HILL — A Gold Hill man was temporarily trapped inside his vehicle Thursday after it overturned near the intersection of St. Stephens Church and Old Beatty Ford roads, in the historic village area.
Claude Jason Hunsucker, 57, of Shuff Lane, was traveling south on St. Stephens Church Road when he ran off the road to the right, said N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper R.T. Coward. Hunsucker hit a utility pole and the vehicle overturned onto the driver’s side. No other vehicles were involved.
Coward said the driver may have had some sort of medical condition that caused him to crash. Hunsucker was not seriously injured, but he had an arm bandaged. He was walking around the scene while his vehicle was being turned upright. The narrow road was blocked while a tow truck driver flipped the car to get it ready to be towed.
Hunsucker was not charged. The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m.
Capt. Charles Miller with Gold Hill Fire Department said initially Rowan Rescue Squad responded when preliminary calls indicated the driver was pinned in the car. Miller said the driver wasn’t actually pinned inside, but he was still in his seat belt.