DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — A driver was stranded on top of his pickup truck for hours after crashing into a reservoir Thursday morning.
“This is the first time I’ve ever seen a vehicle off the embankment here at the dam,” said David Pope, deputy chief of the Healing Springs Fire and Rescue.
Pope and his team got called to the Bringle Ferry Road bridge on the Davidson and Rowan county line around 10:30 a.m. for a traffic accident. They found a man on top of his truck in Tuckertown Reservoir near the High Rock Dam.
“The truck was sitting in roughly four and a half feet of water,” Pope said. “The Cube Hydros making power, so they’ve got current moving.”
A swift water rescue team worked against the current and the cold temperatures to help the man to dry land.
“He appeared to have possibly a broken leg,” Pope said. “Some facial lacerations, was able to communicate with us.”
The driver was rushed to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to get checked out.
“To see him actually be able to communicate with us,” he said. “Still be somewhat conscious oriented, alert for the most part is a miracle in itself.”
Crews spent hours tow the truck out of the water. Pope told FOX8 this is a reminder of just how careful people need to be on the road.
“Bringle Ferry is a common road in Davidson County and in Rowan County and a lot of people travel it very fast,” he said. “It does have a lot of curves and a lot of blind curves that sometimes they can kind of sneak up on you before you can get to your brakes.”
While the truck is a total loss, Pope is glad the driver made it away safely.
“With a traffic accident to this extent we’ve seen people not walk away from less,” Pope said. “Hopefully he’ll turn out okay.”
The North Carolina State High Patrol is investigating how the driver ended up in the reservoir. There is no damage to the Bringle Ferry Road bridge.