Taylor PardueStaff Reporter
April 9, 2013
Two vehicles were involved in a wreck Monday evening that resulted in two people being transported to Hugh Chatham and three to Baptist Hospital, according to Trooper R.D. Holbrook of the N.C. Highway Patrol.
Three out of the five were juveniles, Holbrook said. One was 12, one was 17, and one was 2 and a half years old.
According to Holbrook two vehicles, a 1997 Nissan driven by Christie Collins and a 2003 Chrysler minivan driven by Angela Bunch of Ronda, hit head-on near the J.A. Russell Drive intersection on Highway 268.
Holbrook said Bunch was traveling west on Highway 268 with Collins driving eastbound. Collins’ vehicle crossed the center line and collided with Bunch’s van, according to Holbrook.
“Ms. Bunch and one of the passengers in her vehicle were taken to Hugh Chatham Hospital,” Holbrook said. “Ms. Collins, the child that was in her (Collins’) vehicle, and one other passenger in Ms. Bunch’s vehicle were all taken to Baptist Hospital.”
The accident occurred “just prior to 8 a.m. last night,” Pleasant Hill Fire Chief Andy Chatman said.
Chatman said the two vehicles hit head-on.
Holbrook said to his knowledge there had not been any fatalities, just serious injuries. He said that due to changes in the laws on what Troopers can disclose he could not say much about the condition of the children involved.
“To my knowledge I know that the youngest is OK. I spoke with Brenner (Children’s) Hospital this morning, and there’s not been a fatality there.”
He also said that everyone was in stable condition, to his knowledge.
Chatman said the Ronda Fire Department was the first on the scene.
“We did land air care on the scene for the first patient, and the others were transported by ground to Hugh Chatham,” Chatman said. “It’s my understanding from there there was at least one more airlifted from Hugh Chatham.”
Chatman said his department was having its regular Monday evening meeting when the call came in. “From the time that we were notified of the accident we had personnel and apparatus on the scene within less than two minutes.”
Chatman said the N.C. Highway Patrol was handling the investigation.
“The investigation is still ongoing right now and charges are pending,” Trooper Holbrook said. “There were three State Troopers on the scene, including the line sergeant. They were there for probably a couple hours combing over everything.”
He said the Highway Patrol also tried to talk to some of those involved in the wreck to find out what had happened.
In addition to the Wilkes County responders Elkin Rescue squad provided its crash truck and “a couple of ambulances,” while Ronda’s Fire Department helped control traffic on the west side of the accident.
“Elkin Police Department diverted traffic there at the Austin-Traphill Road/ 268 intersection,” Chatman said. Wilkes also provided rescue equipment.
Surry County Emergency Services Director Johnny Shelton said, “Our crew went to the hospital and assisted them with the airlift, getting the patients prepped and airlifted from Hugh Chatham to Baptist Hospital.
“There was probably easily, collectively, over 50 emergency personnel on the scenes,” Chatman said. “Nobody got a pass last night.”
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