Tractor trailer crashes into car, knocks down utility lines

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 21, 2014

EAST SPENCER — A tractor-trailer going too fast to stop at a sign on Old Union Church Road hit a car carrying four people.
The wreck happened near the Interstate 85 on ramp just before 2 p.m. today.
The tractor-trailer crashed through a guardrail and went down an embankment, taking out utility lines. Another tractor-trailer that came upon the crash also careened into the utility lines. Names of the truck drivers were not immediately available.
The N.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Multiple emergency responders were called to the scene that left a tangle of power lines stretched across the top of the two tractor trailers.
Elisabeth Husted, 32, said she was going to the park with her two young children and a family friend when the wreck happened. She didn’t have time to avoid it, she told a Post reporter.
The tractor-trailer crashed into Husted’s Lincoln Town Car and it spun out of control, she said.
The car came to rest on the side of the roadway near the exit ramp.
Husted said she was hit by her airbag, but was not seriously injured. Her two children were shaken up. The family friend, a 15-year-old, said she received cuts to her arm from the broken glass. The two young children were temporarily trapped in the car. The door was damaged, making it difficult to get out Husted said. As soon as the crash occurred, she said, there was a volunteer firefighter on the scene and two others who stopped to assist her.
See Tuesday’s Post for more details.