Billy Yow returns to work after industrial accident

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Former Guilford County Commissioner Billy Yow (WGHP)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Former Guilford County Commissioner Billy Yow has returned to work two-and-a-half months after being critically injured in an industrial accident, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

Yow said his personal doctor released him back to work on Wednesday. He said he feels great, although he is not allowed to lift anything heavy.

Although he cannot carry drills or load things onto company trucks, he said he is still allowed to drill water wells and do pump repairs.

Yow was drilling a well at a home in Colfax on June 20 when a pressurized pipe struck him in the head.

He spent several days in intensive care at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with broken facial bones and swelling before recovering at a rehabilitation facility.

“I will be taking every precaution to make sure nothing else like this happens,” he said, according to the paper.

Yow was first elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2000. He served for 12 years before his seat was eliminated in the board’s restructuring. He ran for Congress in 2012, but lost to Howard Coble.

Yow has owned D&Y Well Drilling, Inc. in Greensboro for nearly 30 years.

Read full story: The Greensboro News & Record