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Car crashes into Vidant ER, Roanoke Rapids man killed

Posted March 17

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— Two people were injured and another killed when a car crashed into the emergency department at Vidant Medical Center early Thursday morning.

WITN reported that William Spellman, 59, of Bethel was on the way to the hospital at 1:30 a.m. when he lost control of his vehicle, driving over the median and into the lobby of the emergency department.

Authorities believe Spellman was having a medical emergency when the car struck the building, causing most of the vehicle to end up inside the waiting room of the emergency department.

Horace Batchelor, 69, of Roanoke Rapids, was seriously injured and died Thursday afternoon.

Deon Wiggins, 20, and Sallie Twine, 66, both of Roanoke Rapids, suffered minor injuries and were treated and released.

Batchelor's family told WRAL News that he was seriously injured in another accident last weekend and was waiting to be seen on Thursday when the crash happened. 

Dr. Ted Delbridge, chief of emergency services at Vidant, told WITN that Spellman’s car was traveling at about 50 mph when he hit the building. There were 20 people in the waiting room at the time of the accident, he said.

Spellman was still being treated Thursday afternoon.


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