Car runs light, slams into dump truck

March 21, 2008 11:10:53 AM PDT
A man was injured Friday morning in Fayetteville when his car collided with dump truck.

It happened in Fayetteville at the intersection of Gillespie and Russell streets. Police say the man ran a stoplight.

Dump truck driver Allen Bradshaw said he was heading east on Russell when a blue Grand Am rant the light at Gillespie Street and slammed into his dump truck. The dump truck is owned by Danny Odom Roofing Company.

"The light was green," Bradshaw explained. "I went. I mean I ain't see that car coming from nowhere. But everybody else said they seen him and said he was doing at least 40 mph."

The speed limit on that section of Gillespie is 35 mph. The two vehicles collided in the middle of the intersection.

"So when he hit my dump truck, he hit me in the side," Bradshaw said. "He hit me in the side. My back tires rolled over him and then that's when the truck flipped upside down."

The truck's back wheels ran over the hood of the car, pinning the driver. Rescue workers used the jaws of life to free the unidentified victim.

Eyewitness Gary Horne said, "I saw all the smoke going up from the dump trunk and thangs. I knew somebody was probably hurt. That was in my mind. I'm a EMT so I stopped to make sure everything is alright."

Bradshaw was shaken up but seems like he's going to be OK. Right now he has other things on his mind.

"I'm just hoping that other guy's alright," Bradshaw said.

The driver of the blue car was stabilized at the scene and then taken by helicopter to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.


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