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Melonie Flomer | Richmond County Daily JournalRescuers work to free the driver of a car that ran off Airport Road and flipped onto its side Thursday. The car came to rest against a utility pole. Paramedics were treating two passengers were being treated at the scene.
Melonie Flomer | Richmond County Daily JournalRescuers work to free the driver of a car that ran off Airport Road and flipped onto its side Thursday. The car came to rest against a utility pole. Paramedics were treating two passengers were being treated at the scene.
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ROCKINGHAM — A car flipped onto its side and slid into a utility pole Thursday afternoon on Airport Road, blocking traffic in both directions between Greenbriar Lane and the East Rockingham Fire Department.


The light colored four-door sedan carrying three women ran off the road in the westbound lane, where the car overturned on its side and came to rest against the utility pole. State troopers are investigating the wreck.


Two women were able to walk to the FirstHealth Emergency Medical Service ambulance for assessment after first responders pulled them from the car.


The driver was pinned inside for several minutes before firefighters and paramedics could free her from the wreckage, and the extent of her injuries wasn’t immediately known.


Michelle Chappell and her son Derek said they saw the car on its side as they drove east on Airport Road.


“I almost didn’t notice it,” Michelle Chappell said. “It was raining hard and it’s so dark out here. When we saw it, I pulled over and it was Derek who jumped out of the car and ran over to help. I called 911.”


Heavy rain and isolated flooding in the area created treacherous driving conditions in parts of Richmond County, including the stretch of road where the crash occurred. The National Weather Service had issued a hazardous weather outlook for the county on Thursday due to the potential for severe thunderstorms.


Chappell credited her son for his quick thinking and eagerness to help.


“We just drove up on it,” Derek Chappell said. “All I did was turn off the car and take the keys out of the ignition. The tires were still going.”


The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Richmond County Rescue Squad, East Rockingham Fire Department, and FirstHealth EMS were on the scene. The N.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the crash and troopers weren’t available to release details Thursday afternoon.


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