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Man thrown from car discovered hours later by passers-by

Posted November 24, 2012 11:27 a.m. EST
Updated November 25, 2012 8:11 a.m. EST

North Carolina State Highway Patrol

— A man who was thrown from his car in an accident overnight Friday dragged his injured body back inside the wrecked vehicle, where he kept himself warm until passers-by found him Saturday morning, authorities said.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, passers-by called 911 about 7 a.m. Saturday after discovering the wreck on Durant Road near Brassfield Road in Raleigh. They found a man alone in the car and wrapped him their coats or blankets until help arrived.

Troopers said the man, identified as Ryan Truelove, couldn’t tell them exactly when or how the wreck happened. However, troopers think he had been outside for several hours.

The man suffered extensive injuries when he was ejected from the car, troopers said, but he crawled back to the car to keep warm. Troopers said his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, but the man likely faces a long recovery.

The man was not suffering from hypothermia, troopers said. He was taken to WakeMed, where he was listed in serious condition.

Update: Truelove was listed in fair condition early Sunday.