Local man dies after crash near Vass

A local man is dead after a single-vehicle accident near Vass Friday night. The crash happened on Cypress Church Road near the intersection with Byrd Road around 10:30 p.m.

Once authorities arrived on the scene, they immediately reported a vehicle off the roadway with heavy damage. They requested a second rescue unit while the extrication process began.

Crains Creek Fire Department was dispatched and within minutes were on the scene to assist. Two helicopters were requested to airlift the occupants to a nearby hospital.

The male passenger was extricated first and taken to the Vass ball field, where he was flown to an area trauma center. His condition is unknown at this time.

The driver, John Weart, 21, of Vass, was extricated about 30 minutes later. CPR immediately began, but despite the efforts of first responders, he was pronounced dead at the scene, and the second helicopter was canceled.

According to officials on scene, the Chevrolet Corvette was traveling at a high rate of speed toward Vass city limits when it crossed the centerline in a curve, leaving the roadway and crashing head-on into a large tree.

Cypress Church Road was shut down for almost two hours while crews worked the scene, and the vehicle was removed.

Responding to the scene were Cypress Pointe Fire Department, Crains Creek Fire Department, Moore County EMS, Moore County Sheriff’s Office and N.C. Highway Patrol. Whispering Pines Fire Department responded with mutual aid to the Vass ball field to set up the landing zone for the helicopters.

Photo: A helicopter lands at the Vass park for an accident victim on Feb. 10. Photo contributed.

~Written by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter Daniel Gwyn.

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