A Beaufort man was injured after running his SUV into the back of a disabled backhoe on N.C. 101 Thursday morning in Carteret County.
Watson Carlton Guthrie, 58, of Beaufort, had to be extricated from his 1997 Ford Explorer after it struck a 310Sj backhoe owned by the MasTec company. The wreck happened around 9 a.m. about one mile east of the Core Creek Bridge.
N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper R.O. Melby said the backhoe had just broken down in the westbound lane of N.C. 101, with the operator attempting to direct traffic around it, when Guthrie struck the back of it.
“There were cars in front of him and they went around and for some reason he went straight,” Melby said of Guthrie. “A witness said that it looked like he didn’t even slow down.”
The collision with the heavy equipment totaled the SUV, trapping Guthrie inside the passenger cab. The Havelock Fire and Rescue Department was called to extricate Guthrie from the vehicle because Beaufort Fire Department’s extrication equipment was at another call, according to Havelock Fire Chief Rick Zaccardelli.
Guthrie was taken to Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City and later transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, according to Melby. His condition wasn’t available, and a hospital spokeswoman at Vidant said the hospital did not have a record of Guthrie.
The MasTec worker was not injured in the collision.
Melby said that there was no impairment as far as alcohol with Gurthrie, who will be charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid colliding with another vehicle.
The wreck caused N.C. 101 near the scene of the crash to be closed for about two hours.