Driver hits tree, causes car to overturn into creek in Davie County

ADVANCE, N.C. -- Troopers are investigating a wreck in Davie County early Wednesday morning.

The crash happened at about 8 a.m. when 43-year-old Staci Tatum ran off the road to the right, overcorrected, ran back off to the right again, went down an embankment and hit a tree, causing the car to overturn into the creek.

“It was a convertible so the top portion of the vehicle was submerged in water,” said Alan Burton, the assistant chief of the Advance Fire Department. “They had to forcefully remove the door and then pull her out the door.”

Tatum was taken to Forsyth Medical Center. As of noon, she was still at the hospital. Troopers say she likely injured her back and pelvis, but is expect to be OK.

Troopers believe Tatum was having a medical emergency when the accident happened. They say she is a diabetic.

Advance, Smith Grove, and Clemmons firefighters responded to the scene along with Davie County EMS and the rescue squad.

“Normally with an accent like that you kind of expect the worst,” Burton said. “We were very lucky and she was very lucky.”