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Driver narrowly misses home after blacking out

Posted September 1, 2010
Updated September 8, 2010

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— A pickup truck came within a few feet of hitting a mobile home Wednesday morning after the driver blacked out and the vehicle veered off N.C. Highway 39 in Zebulon, authorities said.

The pickup snapped a utility pole in half, crashed through a fence and ran over a trampoline and through a backyard shed before coming to a stop behind Renee Driver's mobile home at about 7:30 a.m., authorities said.

The pickup driver, whose name wasn't released, was taken to Johnston Medical Center for treatment.

Sometime shortly after the pick-up truck wreck, a tractor-trailer traveling on N.C. 39 clipped the power line that was left dangling over the roadway. Troopers say the line sheared off the top of the truck’s cab.

The truck driver, whose name wasn't released, wasn't injured.

Pike Energy and Wake Electric replaced the utility pole and repaired the power line.

State troopers said the pickup driver's license had been suspended because of previous black-out episodes. No charges have been filed in the case.

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  • bparrish004 Sep 1, 2010

    Don't usually read these comments - now I know why.

  • Mugu Sep 1, 2010

    Actually, a child waiting for a school bus is not my worry, I am afraid that someone's prized home or car would have been damaged.

  • cth1 Sep 1, 2010

    Hope charges are filed against the driver!! He could easily of killed someone!!! Thank God there wasn't a child waiting for a school bus in his path!!

  • colliedave Sep 1, 2010

    My neighbor. Two vehicles - accident was around 7:15 as our power went out at 7:16am. Pickup truck hit the pole first, leaving it seemingly in tact but causing the power lines to drop down across the highway. The vehicle behind the pickup was a trash truck & it hit the dropped down power lines snapping the pole & causing it to hit the windshield of the trash truck. Very scary - Thank God for no serious bodily injuries. Thanks to the power company for working so quickly to get power back on! bparrish004

    Why can't WRAL update the story to relfect these facts?

  • Mugu Sep 1, 2010

    The driver should be jailed.

  • mky777 Sep 1, 2010

    So it appears the pick up truck driver blacked out during the important part of his prior meeting, that told him he was suspended for the numerous blackouts.

  • boingc Sep 1, 2010

    "State troopers said the pickup driver's license had been suspended because of previous black-out episodes. No charges have been filed in the case."

    Well, there better be some charges on the way!

  • bparrish004 Sep 1, 2010

    My neighbor. Two vehicles - accident was around 7:15 as our power went out at 7:16am. Pickup truck hit the pole first, leaving it seemingly in tact but causing the power lines to drop down across the highway. The vehicle behind the pickup was a trash truck & it hit the dropped down power lines snapping the pole & causing it to hit the windshield of the trash truck.
    Very scary - Thank God for no serious bodily injuries. Thanks to the power company for working so quickly to get power back on!

  • purplecrossbutterfly Sep 1, 2010

    The pickup was the one in the inital accident, and the tractor trailer ran into the split utility pole. The homeowner was describing seeing the tractor trailer first as she went out to check on the accident.

  • asdfg Sep 1, 2010

    i was wondering the same thing. pickup or tractor trailer?

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