VASS, N.C. (WNCN) – A man escaped injury after flipping his pickup truck down an embankment near Vass Tuesday night, the Aberdeen Times reported.
The driver, who was only identified as a 54-year-old Cameron man, was driving his 2005 Chevrolet Silverado when it overturned and rolled down a 20-foot embankment, emergency officials said.
The crash happened around 11 p.m. in the area of 1344 U.S. Highway 1 Business, just north of Vass, according to the Aberdeen Times.
Emergency responders told the newspaper that people living in a nearby home reported hearing tires screech and what they thought was a crash. The residents went to the area where they heard the commotion and found a pickup truck overturned and down the embankment. They could also hear the driver screaming for help.
Firefighters had to use a chainsaw to clear away small brush in order to even reach the pickup and the driver with their hydraulic-powered rescue tools, according to the Aberdeen Times. The tools were used to cut the doors off the truck and rescue the man at approximately 11:57 p.m.
The man was trapped for nearly an hour and the rescue efforts were made more difficult by the steep hillside workers had to operate on.
Emergency officials at the scene told the Aberdeen Times that once the door of the truck was opened, the driver was able to get out of the vehicle under his own power and climbed up the hill to the road with only minor assistance.
After being evaluated by Moore County EMS paramedics, the driver refused transport to the hospital and remained at the scene.
Officials said that the driver reportedly fell asleep at the wheel and ran off of the road striking a power pole before the truck came to a stop at the bottom of the embankment. There was no one else in the vehicle at the time of the accident, the North Carolina Highway Patrol told the newspaper.
U.S. Highway 1 Business was totally blocked to traffic for an extended time period before one lane was eventually reopened until the accident scene could be cleared up.
Officials remained on the scene until shortly after 1:00 AM while the truck was pulled back up the hill and loaded onto a wrecker.
Responding to this accident were units with Cypress Pointe Fire & Rescue, Southern Pines Fire & Rescue, Moore County EMS, Moore County Sheriff’s Department, and the N.C. State Highway Patrol.