Woman avoids injury in rollover

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

* Video from the scene

ROBERDEL — A 26-year-old Rockingham woman escaped a single-vehicle car crash with barely a scratch Sunday night despite her car flipping at least once.

Sarah Rogers said she was traveling east on Nicholson Road approximately 0.4 miles west of Roberdel Road at approximately 9:23 p.m. when she lost control of her Toyota Celica. Rogers, evaluated by FirstHealth EMS personnel on scene, declined to go to the hospital. From the front seat of a friend’s pickup truck, Rogers described what happened as best as she could recall.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Rogers said as entered the windy section near Davidson Drive, her car began sliding. The roads were wet from a day-long light rain and mist. She estimated her speed at the time she lost control between 45 and 48 mph. Prior to the place where the crash occurred, several yellow and black warning signs indicating a sharp turn ahead are posted along the road. In addition, the suggested speed limit is 25 mph.

The car, Rogers said, “ran in the ditch, up the side of the (embankment). I know it had to be God that was with me.”

After the crash, a passerby called 911. The vehicle came to a rest on its top. Rogers said she crawled out the driver’s side door, shaken but unscathed, and walked to a nearby home to use a phone.

Firefighters from Northside Volunteer Fire Department responded in force as the road was shut down for nearly an hour. Richmond County Rescue Squad also responded, as did law enforcement officers from the North Carolina Highway Patrol and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. Arlo’s Wrecker Service, of Hamlet, towed the vehicle away after first-responders pushed it back onto its wheels.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Two state troopers were still on scene at 11 p.m. marking the area with paint.

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