HOFFMAN — A woman driving south on U.S. 1 lost control of her car on a curve, then shot across two lanes of opposing traffic, over a rock-lined drainage ditch and into a copse of pine trees early Monday afternoon.
Miraculously, she left her white late-model Altima “under her own power,” said an official from the responding Hoffman Fire Department, and was driven away in an ambulance before troopers with the N.C. Highway Patrol could arrive.
The car remained wedged between young pines, its rear axle snapped and its engine compartment staved in.
“She was coming south on U.S. 1” around a curve just south of Old Laurel Hill Road, said Trooper Wesley Maynor, who paced off the path of the car when it left the road.
“I don’t see any … skid marks,” he said, looking toward the road. “She came (into the woods) at an angle, sliding (and then) played bumper cars with the trees.”
The trip was bumpy and quick, with the car rocking as it hit the trees, shearing off the driver’s side mirror but leaving the passenger-side mirror intact on the other side of a tree it would have hit had all four tires been on the ground.
A Richmond County sheriff’s deputy responded first at about 1:45 p.m. but found the accident puzzling because of the angle at which the car had plowed into the trees — about 45 degrees — leaving no skid marks to show on what side of the road it had been.
The Hoffman Volunteer Fire Department responded to the wreck but could offer no real assistance because the car did not catch fire and the woman climbed into an ambulance on her own.
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