Crews respond to car that crashed into creek in Oak Ridge

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OAK RIDGE,  N.C. — A 21-year-old Clemmons man survived an accident Wednesday after his car ran off of Linville Road and landed upside down in Haw River Creek.

Trooper Ali Chehaitli said Zachary Fabrizio was able to pull himself out of his overturned 1997 Buick Park Avenue and call for help.

Fabrizio was taken to High Point Regional Hospital. His condition is unknown.

Trooper Chehaitli said wrecks on Linville Rd near Haw River Creek are fairly common.

“People get going too fast, they come around that curve, they run off the road, they overcorrect and then an accident happens,” Chehaitli said.

Chehaitli estimated that the Highway Patrol investigates two to three wrecks a month at the same location. He said speed is almost always a factor, and said many aren’t sure what to do when their car leaves the road.

“People come around that curve too fast. They run off the right side of the road and they lose control. They try to regain control with the steering wheel but they’re going too fast,” Chehaitli said. “What you need to do is just slow down when you come off that road to the right. Just slow down a little bit, get control of the vehicle, and then ease it back on to the road.”

A crash happened near this area last April. Courtney Nixon, 19, died in the two-car crash, which happened on Linville Road near Hollow River Drive.

Guilford County Sheriffs deputies closed down Linville Road in both directions for several hours after the wreck until a wrecker came to pull the vehicle out of Haw River Creek.

The Oak Ridge Fire Department deployed boom lines in the creek after some oil leaked from the overturned vehicle. They believe they contained most of the spilled oil.

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