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Woman escapes truck wreck, fire

Posted on May 7, 2022

Updated on May 9, 2022

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Wilson County EMS personnel and Wilson County sheriff’s deputies help a woman who escaped serious injury when she lost control of her truck, which flipped over and struck a light pole before catching fire.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Wilson County EMS personnel and Wilson County sheriff’s deputies help a woman who escaped serious injury when she lost control of her truck, which flipped over and struck a light pole before catching fire.

Firefighters spray a truck with water after it overturned and caught fire on Stagecoach Road near Elm City on Friday.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Firefighters spray a truck with water after it overturned and caught fire on Stagecoach Road near Elm City on Friday.

Toisnot Rural Fire Department firefighter Stephen Tripp catches his breath after fighting a fire in a truck that overturned and struck a light pole Friday afternoon.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Toisnot Rural Fire Department firefighter Stephen Tripp catches his breath after fighting a fire in a truck that overturned and struck a light pole Friday afternoon.

Wilson County EMS personnel and Wilson County sheriff’s deputies help a woman who escaped serious injury when she lost control of her truck, which flipped over and struck a light pole before catching fire.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Wilson County EMS personnel and Wilson County sheriff’s deputies help a woman who escaped serious injury when she lost control of her truck, which flipped over and struck a light pole before catching fire.

Firefighters spray a truck with water after it overturned and caught fire on Stagecoach Road near Elm City on Friday.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Firefighters spray a truck with water after it overturned and caught fire on Stagecoach Road near Elm City on Friday.

Firefighters spray a truck with water after it overturned and caught fire on Stagecoach Road near Elm City on Friday.
Toisnot Rural Fire Department firefighter Stephen Tripp catches his breath after fighting a fire in a truck that overturned and struck a light pole Friday afternoon.
Wilson County EMS personnel and Wilson County sheriff’s deputies help a woman who escaped serious injury when she lost control of her truck, which flipped over and struck a light pole before catching fire.

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ELM CITY — A young woman escaped serious injury Friday after crashing her truck into a utility pole and kicking out the windshield as the vehicle caught fire.

The wreck happened about 3 p.m. in the 6500 block of Stagecoach Road northwest of Elm City.

The driver, Lizbeth Iseguraudo Mejia, 20, was taken to Wilson Medical Center by Wilson County EMS.

According to Trooper W.C. Wuebbles of the N.C. Highway Patrol, Mejia was headed west.

“She ran off the road to the right, collided with a sign and then come back on the road, spun around and hit a light pole,” Wuebbles said.

The truck flattened two road signs.

The Ford F-150 extended cab ended up on its side against a power pole.

“She was able to get out by kicking out the windshield and climbing out,” Wuebbles said. “The vehicle is completely burned up.”

Wuebbles said the woman had minor injuries.

Mejia was charged with driving with no operator license and failure to maintain lane control.

Jon Anderson, a communications officer for the Toisnot Rural Fire Department, described the scene as firefighters arrived.

“When we rolled up, we had one patient. She was out of the vehicle,” Anderson said. “The vehicle was fully involved. The flames were all the way up to the top of the light pole.”

Anderson said Wilson County EMS assisted the woman.

“Our initial response was to go ahead and get the fire knocked down since they had patient care on the driver,” Anderson said. “We pulled a hand line off. We had a second station respond from Sharpsburg Fire Department as part of our mutual aid. They showed up with water and additional manpower in case we needed it.”

Anderson said there were no other injuries.

“It probably took us less than 10 minutes to get it under control,” he said.

A small area of ground was burned up around the truck and the power pole.

“The bottom part of the vehicle was up against the base of the light pole with what we would consider the top part of the vehicle facing out toward the road away from the direction of travel,” Anderson said.

He said the driver was able to get herself out of the truck with the help of a bystander.

“She was taken to a safer spot than where the vehicle was because of the fire danger,” Anderson said.

The woman lives on Arapahoe Road east of Wilson and is from Mexico, according to Wuebbles, who said she doesn’t speak English. A fellow trooper assisted as an interpreter.

“We had a communications challenge barrier,” Anderson said. “She is very lucky. It is not too often that we come up to incidents like this and the results are the same. She didn’t get out easily.”

Cody Crocker, a service leader for Wilson Energy, said the transformer and cross arm on the utility pole had to be replaced immediately. Crews took care of that Friday afternoon.

“We may have to change it out later because of the way it is charred,” Crocker said.

Wilson County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted at the scene.

“Everybody responded and did exactly what we would expect them to do,” Anderson said.

Anderson praised the firefighters.

“They did a good job. In the volunteer world, it is hard to get people to respond to these types of incidents, but this team showed out well and (did a) real good job of trying to protect any further damage from what we got,” Anderson said.

Volunteer firefighters are needed at all 11 of the county’s rural fire departments.

“It’s a rewarding career. It’s not a business for everybody because there are some tough times, but there are some really good times,” Anderson said. “If anybody was interested in joining, I would say for them to reach out to their local department that’s closest to them and ask them what the best way would be to start interacting with the department to try to join and get through training and things like that.”

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