A driver escaped without a scratch after his loaded dump truck cut a 75-foot trail through a dense section of woods at 2:15 p.m. on June 14. The accident was off Stanton Hill Road on U.S. Highway 15-501 near the Moore County line in Cameron.
“I’ll show you how I survived it,” Roy Gamble, the driver of the truck, said as he opened his wallet. The sweat-drenched man pulled out his faith symbols.
Roy Gamble shares a tiny testament and a silver disc with text from the Holy Bible quoting John 3:16, after he survived a vehicular crash June 14, 2022, in Cameron.
Larry Palmer owns Palmers, LLC in Sanford and said it took months just to find the new 2022 dump truck. Palmer said he was three or four vehicles behind the dump truck in his pickup truck and did not see the accident. But he arrived at the scene and put out a fire and assisted Gamble.
“I’m just glad he’s OK,” Palmer said about his 14-year employee, Gamble.
“If he’d hit a big tree coming in [the woods], he wouldn’t have made it,” Palmer said.
Larry Palmer of Palmer, LLC holds up a mirror frame June 14, 2022, valued at $1,050, after his new dump truck crashed in Cameron.
North Carolina Highway Patrolman Troy McDaniel said that based on the driver’s testimony, he turned the wheel left to avoid an animal.
Oakley’s Towing in Cameron was called to remove the dump truck.
Palmer said they may use chain saws to reach the dump truck.
A man looks at the dump truck that crashed in the woods on June 14, 2022, in Cameron.
Feature photo: Larry Palmer’s “brand new” 2022 dump truck crashes in woods on June 14, 2022, in Cameron.
~Article and photos by Sandhills Sentinel Journalist Stephanie M. Sellers.