Southern Pines, N.C. — A 17-year-old girl was partially impaled by a fence when she crashed on Youngs Road outside of Southern Pines Thursday morning, according to the state Highway Patrol.
The teen, whose name was not released, drove off the road, went through the fence and struck a tree, troopers said. A piece of the split rail fence went through the driver's side door and struck the girl in the side.
She was flown by helicopter to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Her condition was not released.
Trooper C.A. Smith said her injuries were serious, but not life-threatening. He said she was very lucky to be alive.
The cause of the wreck is under investigation. No other vehicles were involved.