Two men roll truck, escape injury in Havelock

mine wreck

Havelock rescue personnel tend to a man who was in a car that rolled down an embankment and landed upside down on Monday afternoon. The man was not seriously injured.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 11:15 PM.

Two local men escaped serious injury Monday night when their vehicle careened off an embankment and landed upside down in a borrow pit east of Havelock.

“I would definitely say that they’re lucky to be alive looking at that impact,” said N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper B.M. Riggs.

One of the two men said the pair was out scouting a fishing hole in the middle of the mine, located two miles east of Havelock off N.C. 101.

Both the driver and the passenger managed to crawl out of the Ford Expedition with minor injuries and refused treatment by Havelock Fire and Rescue personnel responding to the crash that happened about 6:25 p.m.

The men were driving on a dirt road that surrounds the borrow pit when they apparently lost control and ran off an embankment, fell about 10 feet down an escarpment and landed upside down.

“It looks like that dirt down there kind of helped break the fall a little bit,” Riggs said. “They were coming through here a little fast and went through that patch of water, hydroplaned and went off that embankment.”

Riggs said that because the wreck happened on private property, the driver wasn’t cited and no report was made.

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