A driver sustained life threatening injuries after striking a tree early Saturday morning. The accident occurred in the curve on Hwy 5 at the intersection with Keith Street in Aberdeen and was reported at 2:43 am. The Honda sedan was believed to be traveling at a high rate of speed when it ran off the right hand side of the road slamming into a tree where it came to a stop.
The front of the Honda was completely crushed in pinning the victim in the car. Emergency crews from multiple departments worked for over an hour to free the victim. Crews had to remove both doors and cut away the roof. The driver was pinned in by the front of the car and dash, and firefighters used hydraulic tools to pull the dash off the driver’s legs. EMS worked to stabilize the driver while firefighters freed him from the wreckage. Due to weather conditions, a helicopter could not respond, so the male victim was transported to Firsthealth Moore Regional Hospital.
Highway 5 was completely shut down in both directions for over an hour, and traffic had to be diverted onto Keith Street. The accident was not witnessed, but another vehicle came upon the scene and called 911. Officials believed the accident had just occurred. Aberdeen Police Department is investigating the cause of the accident.
Responding to the accident were Aberdeen Fire & Rescue, Pinehurst Fire & Rescue, Moore County EMS, and Aberdeen Police Department.