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Man in wheelchair hit by car

By Mark Wineka
Salisbury Post
A man in a motorized wheelchair, traveling along U.S. 29 north of Spencer, was seriously injured Saturday morning when he was struck by a car.
An N.C. Highway Patrol report on the accident was not available Saturday, and authorities did not release the name of the injured man, who was taken by ambulance to Rowan Regional Medical Center before being airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
The accident occurred about 9:40 a.m. near Peace Street in the Yadkin community.
Ted Rary, assistant chief of Miller’s Ferry Fire Department, said the man’s wheelchair apparently was in the road and heading south toward Spencer when it was hit by a passenger car.
“He was in pretty bad shape,” Rary added.
When Miller’s Ferry personnel first arrived, the injured man was conscious, but he was not responding as he left for the hospital, according to Rary.
The highway patrol also investigated a pair of motorcycle accidents Saturday evening.
About 5:55 p.m., a motorcycle lost control in a curve on Old Beatty Ford Road near Cheeseman’s General Store.
The 29-year-old woman driver was thrown from the motorcycle. Emergency service personnel said she was bleeding from the chin and right ear on her way to Rowan Regional Medical Center.
Rockwell Rural Fire Department responded along with Rowan EMS.
About 7:30 p.m., a man judged to be about 25 years old clipped a mailbox and lost control of his motorcycle in a Long Ferry Road curve.
The accident happened near Crawford Road, and Miller’s Ferry Fire Department responded along with Rowan EMS.
The man’s injuries were not considered life-threatening. He had abrasions on his left side, was responsive, but was not recalling details of the accident, according to dispatches.
Reports from the Highway Patrol were not available Saturday night.
Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263 or mwineka@salisburypost.com.

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