Monday, August 17, 2009

Tow Truck Driver Injured In NC Crash

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A tow truck driver was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill Saturday morning after a one-vehicle wreck on N.C. 87 South near Lindley Mill Road.

The extent of 23-year-old Anthony Royalty’s injuries weren’t immediately known.

Royalty, who is from Burlington but works for Ram’s Eastgate BP in Chapel Hill, was heading to work on N.C. 87 South at around 8 a.m. when the wreck occurred, said Trooper Jerry Deardorff of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Royalty and witnesses said they heard a “pop” before Royalty’s tow truck went off the road to the right near Lindley Mill Road. Deardorff said the tire popped.

The truck struck a culvert and a mailbox before colliding with a utility pole.

“It just blew apart,” Deardorff said. “There was wood everywhere.”

The truck struck a second culvert and mailbox before stopping. The front axle of the truck was in the grass.

Royalty was taken to Alamance Regional Medical Center and then transferred to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

“I think he’s going to be OK,” Deardorff said.

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