Woman survives being pinned under truck

April 14, 2009 5:06:35 PM PDT
A woman was trapped in her car under a dump truck for two hours on Monday afternoon.Click here for photos

The accident happened on Davis Drive at Farm Pond Road in Apex just after 4 p.m.

Authorities say the dump truck, driven by 52-year-old Edmund Theodore Jackson of New Haven, Connecticut, ran off the right shoulder of Davis Drive. When Jackson tried to regain control of his vehicle, he crossed the center line and struck a 2007 Honda Civic traveling in the opposite lane.

The driver of the Honda, 25-year-old Kara Walden Benton, tried to avoid colliding with the truck by moving to the shoulder of the roadway, but the truck struck the car and turned on its side, landing on the car causing gravel to spill out of the truck.

Police say Benton and her husband, 26-year-old Chad Michael Benton --both of Holly Springs-- were inside the car. Chad was able to escape from the vehicle, while Kara was pinned inside. It took a number of Apex and Cary firefighters and two heavy duty wreckers two hours to finally free her.

"They were constantly reassuring her and doing reassessments," Wake EMS Medical Director Dr. Brent Myers said. "We were actually fortunate enough that we could start to IV lines while she was in the car. We could place her on the cardiac monitor while she was in the car so that we could reassure her about her condition."

She was flown to the hospital for treatment and is in good condition at WakeMed in Raleigh. Chad has been released.

Jackson was also taken to the hospital at WakeMed Cary for injuries he sustained in the collision. Police charged him Tuesday with wreeckless driving.


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