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Driver narrowly misses home after blacking out

Posted September 1, 2010 11:21 a.m. EDT
Updated September 8, 2010 5:26 a.m. EDT

— 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.