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Three injured in two-car crash on I-95

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Emergency personnel work to remove a car from Beaverdam Creek on Thursday along Interstate 95.

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Saturday, December 9, 2017

What authorities initially believed was a hit-and-run on Interstate 95 late Thursday turned into a water recovery when a second vehicle was discovered submerged in a nearby creek.

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash at about 8:45 p.m. at mile-marker 148, two miles south of the Whitakers exit. When the vehicles collided, one vehicle went into the woods and another vehicle went across a field and into Beaverdam Creek, according to the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

Responding troopers found one vehicle and thought the other vehicle had left the scene.

“Then the other driver escaped his vehicle,” said Dennis Williams, chief of Stony Creek Rescue Squad.

The driver was helped out of the water by a motorist who witnessed the wreck and stopped to help.

The two drivers and one passenger were transported by emergency workers to a nearby hospital. Their conditions weren't immediately clear.

The rescue squad then worked with a wrecker service to haul the vehicle from the water.

“We had to treat it like someone was in the vehicle because you never know until you get a visual,” Williams said.

The Highway Patrol, Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Nash County EMS, Battleboro Volunteer Fire Department and Stony Creek Water Rescue Team responded to the wreck.

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