Pickup truck goes off road, into creek on US-64 Business in Wendell

A truck went off the road on U.S. Route 64 Business in Wendell (Lauren Haviland/CBS North Carolina)

WENDELL, N.C. (WNCN) — Authorities are investigating after a pickup truck ran off U.S. Route 64 Business and into Buffalo Creek in Wendell Wednesday morning.

Emergency crews responded to the 1400 block of Wendell Boulevard/U.S. Route 64 Business near Eagle Rock Road around 6:30 a.m. in reference to a vehicle crash.


A large white pickup could be seen hanging off a concrete overhang of Buffalo Creek Bridge with its front wheels in Buffalo Creek, which runs under two bridges that go over both sides of the highway.

Pictures from the scene appear to show the passenger’s side roof crushed, but police did not say if the truck flipped before coming to a rest.

A tow truck struggles to get a pickup out of Buffalo Creek (Lauren Haviland/CBS North Carolina)

Westbound traffic in the area was down to one lane as crews worked to remove the truck from the water. A tow truck on scene had issues getting the truck out of the water, according to a CBS North Carolina crew at the scene.

Wendell police identified the driver as Abdul Shabazz, 56, of Wendell. According to officials, Shabazz was heading westbound on Wendell Boulevard when his truck hit the concrete guardrail of the bridge in the westbound lane and went over the guardrail.

Shabazz was transported to WakeMed for treatment of his injuries. Police did not say what condition he’s in or the extent of his injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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