Vehicle gets pinned under Wake County overpass

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The pickup somehow went up and under this overpass.

A vehicle got lodged underneath the Interstate 540 overpass at Triangle Town Boulevard in Raleigh Monday morning.

Around 5:45 a.m., a black Chevy Silverado 4x4 truck got pinned under the bridge for the eastbound exit 17 ramp.

Images from Chopper11 HD showed the truck on its side, stuck between the bridge and a retaining wall.

Authorities tell ABC11 that the Jeffrey Hines ran off the road, hit a sign, a fiber optic box, and then a second sign before ending up wedged under the overpass. He allegedly told investigators he looked down at his radio and the next thing he knew he was off the road.

It took tow truck driver Wayne Johnson several tries to finally, and carefully, pull the mangled Chevy Silverado away from the bridge and retaining wall.

"First I couldn't get it to move," he said. "Then when I got it to moving I knew it was going to come down, but I didn't know how it was going to come down."

Johnson and investigators said they've never seen anything like it.

Hines was able to crawl out of the wreckage on his own after the vehicle's OnStar system reported the accident to police. He was taken to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officials said speed was a factor in the crash. Hines is charged with failure to maintain lane control.

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