— A man was badly burned in a crash that started when he drove his pickup truck into three vehicles and clipped a power line before crashing into a barn, according to the homeowner whose barn was hit.
Fayetteville emergency officials said the crash occurred around 10:45 p.m. Thursday. Officers responded to the 1400 block of Pamalee Drive and discovered that several vehicles had been involved in collisions, some involving broken power poles. A vehicle was also seen on fire inside a storage building.
The homeowner told CBS North Carolina he heard a loud boom and came outside and heard what sounded like a driver with their foot on the gas pedal and the engine running.
Ronnie Taylor, 57, of Fayetteville, was stuck inside the vehicle that caught fire inside the barn and had to be extricated. Officials said that he was transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in critical condition. He has since been transferred to the Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill, Fayetteville police said.
The homeowner said that after Taylor hit the power pole and drove through his field before crashing into the barn and bursting into flames, a tractor-trailer clipped the power line that Taylor had hit and the 18-wheeler pulled down the pole.
Pamalee Drive was closed for several hours as emergency crews worked the scene.
The other drivers who were hit by Taylor’s truck did not suffer any serious injuries, police said.