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One injured in fiery wreck in southeast Durham

Posted March 28, 2014

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— A man was seriously injured early Friday after his car crashed into several trees and caught fire on East End Avenue near South Miami Boulevard, Durham police said.

According to investigators, the man was speeding in his Acura at about 2:15 a.m. when he lost control, drifted across the road and struck trees along the north side of the road.

The impact caused the vehicle to break into several pieces and catch fire. The man was somehow able to get free from the vehicle, and emergency personnel found him in the woods near the crash.

Authorities said the man had two broken arms, an injury to his right knee and numerous facial lacerations. He was in critical condition early Friday.

The man has been charged with DWI, no operator's license and careless and reckless driving.

East End Avenue was closed for about two hours while authorities investigated the wreck and crews cleared the road.


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  • lilnorth585 Mar 28, 2014

    This happened right in front of my house it woke us up thank God he didn't die nor did it cause us harm. That car could have flown into our house or something! !

  • tobywilliamson1973 Mar 28, 2014

    Strange how drunk folk never get hurt, but victims get killed all the time when hit by these people.

  • tapoutnc Mar 28, 2014

    Hope this guy realized how God saved him.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Mar 28, 2014

    "The man has been charged with DWI, no operator's license and careless and reckless driving. "

    Anyone else getting tired of reading stories about drunks like this? Thank God he lived, and thank God he didn't hurt anyone else.

  • Obamacare returns again Mar 28, 2014

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    I think I recognize that rear wheel. What's his name WRAL?

  • Forthe Newssite Mar 28, 2014
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    not sure why that matters, unless you know the car......

    He's one lucky fella though, that's for sure.

  • Karen Orndorff Mar 28, 2014
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    Like I said before glad he didn't kill someone else, hope he learns his lesson.

  • LocalYokel Mar 28, 2014

    Thanks for keeping us informed of activities on our public roads WRAL.

    It's possible that others will learn from these photos and descriptions depicting consequences of bad driving.

  • James Johnson Mar 28, 2014
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    What is this man's name?