Three people were taken to the hospital and one person was airlifted Monday following a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 601 and White Farm Road, near Franklin Baptist Church. The crash occurred just before 3 p.m.
The N.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the crash in which a female was temporarily pinned inside her Saturn. Franklin Fire Department, Salisbury Fire Department and Rowan County Rescue Squad had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate the woman from her vehicle. Assistant Fire Chief Michael Spry said it took rescuers about 15 minutes to remove the woman from her vehicle. A passerby came upon the scene after the crash occurred. Names of those involved in the accident were not immediately available.
Steve Elliott told a Post reporter the female was conscious and he told her to stay awake. The Saturn was smoking, Elliott said, so he lifted the hood and removed the battery cable.
“I kept asking her name,” he said. The woman did not give her name.
Two adults and two children were inside a Kia Spectra and were all taken to Rowan Medical Center with minor injuries. The cause of the crash is unclear. Emergency personnel detoured traffic onto Franklin Community Court.
The N.C. Highway Patrol investigating trooper did not immediately return a call from a Post reporter.