VASS, N.C. (WNCN) – Two people were injured and one of them was airlifted by helicopter following a single-vehicle crash near Vass Thursday morning, the Aberdeen Times reported.
The crash occurred around 10:30 a.m. in the 800 block of N.C. Highway 690/Lobelia Road. The Aberdeen Times reported that a GMC pickup pulling a cargo trailer slammed into a pine tree.
The adult male driving the pickup was pinned in for approximately 30 minutes until firefighters were able to free him by cutting off the top of the truck, opening the doors and then pulling the dash of the truck forward using specialized hydraulic-powered rescue tools, according to the Aberdeen Times.
The driver was transported by ambulance to a field in Vass where a helicopter from UNC Hospitals was waiting to transport the victim to the trauma center.
Another adult male victim was injured but was not pinned in the vehicle. He was taken to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurts with non-life threatening injuries.
N.C. Highway 690 was closed to traffic in both directions for an extended time period while the victims were assisted and the roadway cleared of debris, the Aberdeen Times reported.
Responding to the accident were units with Cypress Pointe Fire & Rescue, Whispering Pines Fire Rescue, Southern Pines Fire & Rescue, Moore County EMS, Vass Police Department and the N.C. State Highway Patrol.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.