One person was airlifted with serious injuries after striking a church in Vass Wednesday morning. The accident occurred at approximately 6:43 a.m. in the 3600 block of Highway U.S. 1.
The white Ford Focus was heading north into Vass when it ran off the left hand side of the road. The Ford struck a tree and continued on another 100 feet slamming into the side of the Heritage Church of God.
A life flight helicopter was called as emergency crews worked to remove the male victim from the vehicle. Southern Pines Fire & Rescue responded to set up the landing zone for the helicopter.
The helicopter, Tarheel 2, landed at the Vass ball field and transported the man to a trauma center. He is reported to have life-threatening injuries.
Authorities did not release the name of the victim and stated the man was the only occupant of the vehicle. Vass Police Department is investigating the accident.
The vehicle had extensive damage and is a total loss. The whole front end was smashed in, and the front passenger door panel was thrown off the car in the accident. Pieces of red brick wall could be seen on the ground around the car.
Although the inside of the building was heavily damaged, the building inspector has approved use in the facility, and the church will be having their usual Sunday morning service at 10:30 a.m., according to the church’s Worship Leader, Gary Girton.
Girton also said, “On behalf of our members, we wish to send our prayers and well wishes to the gentleman injured in the crash.”
Responding to the scene were Cypress Pointe Fire & Rescue, Southern Pines Fire & Rescue, Moore County EMS, Moore County Public Safety, and Vass Police Department.