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Highway Patrol: No serious injuries in two collisions

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — The N.C. Highway Patrol reported no serious injuries in two traffic collisions that happened minutes apart Tuesday — one involving a sport utility vehicle and the other, a tractor-trailer.

Officials said a teenager driving south in the 1900 block of Shue Road about 11:45 a.m. was moderately injured when his 2005 Jeep ran off the road to the right. The vehicle went into a ditch and struck a driveway culvert. It spun around and came to rest in the ditch facing north.

According to a Highway Patrol report, Jesse Phillips, 16, of Salisbury, was wearing a seat belt, and the vehicle’s airbag deployed.

A caller initially reported that someone was pinned inside the vehicle. Officials said the teen was not pinned inside and was not ejected.

The teen was examined by an emergency medical crew but refused to go to a nearby hospital.

It was not clear Wednesday what caused the teen to travel off the road. No charges have been filed.

The second collision occurred about noon Tuesday in the 25700 block of Mooresville Road. It involved a tractor-trailer and a vehicle that was parked in a driveway. John Maxwell, 45, the driver of a DM Bowman Trucking tractor-trailer, had a seizure behind the wheel, a Highway Patrol report said.

Maxwell was traveling east on Mooresville Road, ran off the road to the right and hit the parked Jeep, which was pushed into a small fountain and a well. Maxwell was not injured. No one was inside the other vehicle.

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