Collision slows traffic, causes minor injuries

By Abbi Overfelt

April 9, 2014

LAURINBURG — A two-car collision put a stop to traffic on Aberdeen Road for about 15 minutes on Wednesday afternoon, but no one was seriously injured, according to emergency personnel.

Holly Storey, of Scotland County Rescue, said the driver of a burgundy SUV was taken to Scotland Memorial Hospital by ambulance after the vehicle was struck on its driver’s side and rolled, but that she appeared to have only minor injuries. The driver’s young daughter, a passenger in the vehicle, appeared to be uninjured, Storey said.

Storey said according to the driver and to witnesses, the SUV, which was traveling on Aberdeen Road, rolled after being struck by a small white car pulling a trailer, which “pulled out in front of” the SUV from Old Wire Road at about 3:15 p.m. The SUV came to rest on its wheels, she said, and it took responders about 15 minutes to clear the roadway.

Storey and other emergency personnel were at the scene of a minor accident at the intersection of Aberdeen and McFarland roads, a little more than a mile away, when a bystander alerted them to the collision, she said.

The Laurinburg Fire Department, Scotland County EMS and the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office also responded, she said. The Highway Patrol arrived to investigate the accident after traffic had resumed its normal pattern.

The names of the drivers were not available Wednesday. The Highway Patrol did not immediately answer calls to its office.

For Storey, who has worked in rescue for 17 years and also works at county EMS, Wednesday’s collision was just another example of why there should be a stoplight at the four-way intersection.

“I’ve worked 20 wrecks here, and I’m probably forgetting some,” she said. “I’ve seen them happen when I was sitting in line waiting to turn … we’ve been clearing a wreck and seen another one happen.”

Aberdeen Road inclines shortly beyond the intersection, which Storey says makes it hard for those waiting at the Old Wire Road stop signs to see what’s coming.

“Because of the blind spots and the amount of traffic on this road, we need a stop light here really bad,” she said.

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the intersection is the most dangerous one in the county, with 39 reported crashes occurring there from 2007 to 2011. The only other county intersection with more than 20 wrecks reported during the same time frame is U.S. 15 at Plaza Road, with 31.

Seventy-four people have been injured in 108 crashes on Scotland County roads this year, according to the department. Last week, two people died in a head-on collision. Alcohol is said to have been a factor in that incident.

If statistics follow the 14-year trend on the state DOT website, more than 500 people will be injured this year on county roads.

Abbi Overfelt can be reached at 910-276-2311, ext. 12. Follow her on Twitter @aoinscotco.