Trooper: ‘Adjust your driving to the conditions’

Driver taken to Richmond Memorial after one-car rollover

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

ROCKINGHAM — It was only rain at 3:59 p.m. Tuesday but first-responders were dispatched to Ledbetter Road to help the driver of a Saturn Aura after he crashed shortly after a bend in the road.

The vehicle was traveling from U.S. Route 1 and successfully navigated a sharp turn before leaving the roadway by an estimated 100 feet and before coming to a rest upside down.

The incident occurred as a steady rain began to fall across Richmond County. While forecasts anticipate the precipitation to change to freezing rain later tonight and into Wednesday morning, it was still only rain at the time of the crash.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers Goodwin and Carter (center), along with a Richmond County sheriff's deputy, discuss the details of a single-vehicle car accident Tuesday afternoon on Ledbetter Road.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers Goodwin and Carter (center), along with a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy, discuss the details of a single-vehicle car accident Tuesday afternoon on Ledbetter Road.

Personnel with Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina Highway Patrol, FirstHealth EMS, Richmond County Rescue and Northside Volunteer Fire Department deployed to the scene, which was originally communicated by emergency dispatchers as being at the intersection of Roberdel and Richmond roads. Two trucks with the Rockingham Fire Department that had departed Station 1 in downtown Rockingham in response to the initial emergency call returned to station as Northside was called out.

Troopers Carter and Goodwin were on the scene. Goodwin said Carter would lead the investigation into the incident and said it was too early to determine whether speed, whether or something else played a role in the crash. Still, with the forecast, Goodwin figured it was as good a time as any for a public safety message.

“You need to adjust your driving to the conditions,” Goodwin encouraged.

The driver, who was reportedly talking with paramedics on scene, was taken to FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

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