Two crashes slow traffic near Vass

The afternoon commute on U.S. Highway 1 near Vass was interrupted Tuesday afternoon after two crashes shut down a northbound lane around 4 p.m.

The first crash occurred after a man had just left from picking up his cat at a veterinary clinic in the 5000 block of U.S. Highway 1 and was traveling northbound when a tire on his Lincoln passenger car blew out. The blown tire caused his car to become uncontrollable and he spun around, leaving the roadway and coming to a stop in the woodline in heavy brush and facing the opposite way.

The man and his cat both escaped without obvious injury but were transported to Moore Regional Hospital to be checked out by medical professionals.

While traffic was backed up for this single-vehicle accident, a secondary crash happened just south of it. 

According to authorities on scene, a Honda Odyssey rear-ended a Toyota Camry due to the traffic jam created by the first crash. There were no injuries reported as a result of this collision.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and the outside northbound lane remained closed for about an hour while crews worked the scene and the vehicles were removed.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol was present and investigating both crashes.

Responding to the scenes were Cypress Pointe Fire Department, Moore County EMS, Moore County Sheriff’s Office, Vass Police Department, and N.C. Highway Patrol.

~Article and photo by Sandhills Sentinel reporter Daniel Gwyn. Daniel has been reporting breaking news for Sandhills Sentinel since 2020.

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