A two-vehicle accident outside of Vass claimed the life of a woman despite heroic actions from bystanders and first responders. At 2:30 Monday afternoon, the vehicles swerved to avoid a head-on collision, causing both cars to careen off the road.
The vehicle heading eastbound on Lobelia Road struck a telephone pole and flipped over into a nearby yard injuring the driver and ejecting the female passenger. The driver was transported to the hospital, and his condition is unknown at this time.
The vehicle heading westbound swerved into a north side ditch and came to an abrupt halt in thick brush. The driver was treated by EMS with minor injuries.
Two soldiers from Fort Bragg, who wish to remain anonymous, were first on the scene. According to multiple witnesses, the soldiers quickly assessed the situation, identified and carefully negotiated past the live power lines, and without hesitation immediately started CPR on the injured woman.
The two soldiers continued to provide active CPR until EMS arrived on the scene. However, even through the soldiers’ heroic actions, EMS was unable to save the woman’s life, and she was pronounced deceased on the scene.
Traffic was rerouted around the accident causing temporary delays. There was a power outage in the area as a result of the accident.
Emergency crews on the scene were Moore County EMS, Moore County Sheriff’s Department, N.C. State Highway Patrol, Cypress Pointe Fire and Rescue, Eagle Springs Fire Department, Crains Creek Fire Department, and Duke Energy.
~Article and photo by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter Scott Olson.