CARTHAGE, N.C. (WNCN) – Two people were lucky to escape injury Friday evening after their vehicle crashed into a massive tree as it was falling across the highway near Carthage, the Aberdeen Times reported.
The crash happened in the area of 1992 U.S. Highway 15-501 around 9:15 p.m. during bad weather brought on by Tropical Storm Hermine.
The two occupants of the Ford Focus that hit the tree were able to get out of the car before emergency responders arrived on scene. They were not injured, according to the Aberdeen Times.
U.S. 15-501 was completely closed to traffic for nearly 90 minutes as firefighters used chainsaws, the winch from a wrecker and a tractor from the North Carolina Department of Transportation in order to clear the road.
This crash was just one of several incidents across Moore County during Friday night’s storm. Emergency crews had been called for trees that had fallen on power lines and across roadways. In one incident, a tree fell on the corner of a house on Gardenia road in Robbins.
Responding to the incident on U.S. 15-501 were units from Cypress Pointe Fire & Rescue, Moore County Sheriff’s Department, N.C. State Highway Patrol and the N.C. Department of Transportation.