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Single-car wreck sparks brush fire in Wilson County

Posted July 4, 2010

— A woman ran off the road in Wilson County Sunday afternoon, hitting a utility pole and sparking a small brush fire, according to Trooper Brandon Johnson of the state Highway Patrol.

Stephanie Roberson, 40, of Elm City, was traveling eastbound on Stagecoach Road just after 1 p.m. when her 1997 Chevy Lumina went off the road to the right. Roberson overcorrected, crossed the center line and wrecked on the left shoulder, Johnson said.

When Roberson's car hit a power pole, it sparked, igniting some bushes. Troopers were able to put out the fire with extinguishers. A few nearby homes were briefly without power, Johnson said.

Roberson was taken to East Carolina Medical Center. She faces charges of DWI and lane control violation.


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  • kdeans Jul 8, 2010

    My husband and I were traveling west on Stagecoach Road Sunday afternoon when the vehicle ran off the road, overcorrected and crossed directly in front of our vehicle. When the dust settled, we saw that the car had hit a utility pole,knocked down a transformer and a fire was spreading quickly. My husband immediately checked to see if the driver was breathing, which she was, and he began stamping out the fire which was about 2 feet from the car heading close to the gas tank. I called 911 and reported the accident and waited until fire and rescue and the highway patrol arrived. A sheriff's deputy had also arrived on the scene. My husband is 72 years of age and was stamping out the hot fire compounded by the extremely hot weather. But by the grace of God, had we arrived a few seconds earlier, we may have been hit. No doubt neither of us would have survived since we were on a small truck. I took 2 pictures of the car against the pole with my cell phone if anyone is interested. Th

  • trinityparts Jul 5, 2010

    I was somewhat dissapointed, I called wral and informed them of one of the first responders on the scene which was a 63 yr old man who is in ill health and he put his life on the line to beat back the fire with a shovel he had in his truck. He has breathing prtoblems and yet still went out there and fought like a trooper till the police and fire could get on the scene. no thank you from them, no thank you from the people whos houses he saved by keeping it from hitting the woods, no nothing. and WRAl gave no recognition either. very sad