Details unclear after car overturns in creek

  • Posted: Sunday, September 1, 2013 1:39 a.m.
A 2007 Nissan Maxima is pulled from North Second Creek.
A 2007 Nissan Maxima is pulled from North Second Creek.

SALISBURY — A deer in the roadway reportedly caused a motorist to swerve off Woodleaf Road early Saturday, landing his car in North Second Creek.

According to Fire Marshal Aaron Youngblood, emergency responders were dispatched at 9:32 a.m.


Youngblood said they found a 2007 Nissan Maxima, driven by Samuel James of Cooleemee, “upside down” in the water. No injuries were reported.

Youngblood said the driver told responders that no one else was in the car with him.

James has been charged with driving while license revoked.

Attempts to contact James were unsuccessful.

But a woman who lives next to North Second Creek gave a different version of events.

Brittany Bradshaw, whose home on Woodleaf Road is about 80 yards from the scene of the wreck, said a man knocked at her door just after 5 a.m. Saturday.

Bradshaw told a Post reporter that the man was accompanied by another person, who was wet.

“They both seemed to be okay,” Bradshaw said. “They were both kind of shaken up from the wreck.”

She did not give a name for the driver or his passenger, and said she had never met them before.

Bradshaw said the man requested a ride back into Cooleemee, and that a friend who was visiting her drove the two back and dropped them off in town.

When emergency crews responded some four hours later, “You could look at the car and tell it had been sitting there for a while,” Bradshaw said.

Bradshaw said the driver had claimed a deer in the roadway caused him to swerve into the creek. And she said she often sees deer in the field nearby her house.

“That’s the third wreck on that bridge, though, and they just opened that bridge in January,” Bradshaw said.

Woodleaf Road was closed for about two hours Saturday as a crane lifted the car from the water.

Youngblood said that there had been “minor leakage” of petroleum from the overturned car, and that the Rowan County Hazardous Material Emergency Response Team had been called to the scene.

“We did put down 80 feet of hydrocarbon booms to stop any kind of oil or gas that may have leaked,” Youngblood said.

Woodleaf and Salisbury fire departments also responded.

Contact Hugh Fisher via the editor’s desk at 704-797-4244.

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