A single-car accident left one person critically injured Thursday morning who passed away hours later at the hospital.
Around 7:20 am, a Toyota Camry was heading towards Southern Pines on Midland Road when the driver lost control hitting a tree in the median just before Knoll Road.
The female driver was pinned inside her vehicle, and emergency crews used hydraulic powered tools to cut the driver’s door off to free her.
A life-flight helicopter was called; however, they could not fly due to weather conditions. The driver was transported to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital with serious injuries; however, the woman later passed away at the hospital.
The 60-year-old woman, identified as Cynthia May Alexander from Southern Pines, worked 3rd shift at the hospital and was on her way home at the time of the accident.
Three of the four lanes on Midland Road were closed as emergency crews worked to free the woman from her car.
Responding agencies were Southern Pines Fire and Rescue, Aberdeen Fire and Rescue, Pinehurst Fire Department, Moore County EMS, Southern Pines Police Department, Moore County Sheriff’s Department, and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
This is the second accident in a 24 hour period on Midland Road. A work van hit a tree Wednesday morning sending four occupants to the hospital.
The cause of the accident is unknown at this time.