Senate candidate Gene McIntyre was driving “too fast for conditions” when his truck drove off the right shoulder of a Stanly County road and rolled over on Wednesday, according to state Highway Patrol report.
McIntyre was released from the hospital Friday following the single-car accident.
The retired educator and Stanly County commissioner was on his way to campaign in Rowan County when the accident occurred, McIntyre’s campaign said.
The accident report completed by Trooper Allen McLester said that McIntyre’s 2005 Chevrolet pick up ran off the right shoulder of Saw Mill Road in Stanly County and struck a ditch bank before rolling over. The crash happened at 2:20 p.m. Wednesday.
When McLester arrived, the vehicle was on its side and immobilized in “a private vehicular area.”
The report said that McIntyre appeared to be driving 60 mph in a 55-mph zone near a curve when he lost control of the truck.
No charges were filed. According to a highway patrol official, the writing of tickets is left to the trooper’s discretion in situations like McIntyre’s.
Stanly County EMS took McIntyre to Stanly Regional Hospital. From there he was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he remained until Thursday afternoon.
The report said that approximately $12,000 damage was done to McIntyre’s vehicle.
“I think his wife is going to make him take a couple of days off,” said McIntyre’s campaign manager Elizabeth Edwards.
Edwards expects McIntyre to be back on the road campaigning early next week.