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1 airlifted after 3-car crash

April 6, 2011

A man wobbled unsteadily and lifted his arms for balance as North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers helped him to his feet, patted him down and placed him in handcuffs.

The man was involved in a three-car crash Tuesday on Interstate 40 that caused one victim to be airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Troopers on the scene said prescription drugs were involved in the crash.

Emergency responders were called Tuesday to eastbound I-40 at the 138 mile marker near Oxford School Road about 2:30 p.m. The crash happened directly below the I-40 overpass in the eastbound lane when a blue Dodge Ram pickup truck crashed into a white Ford Crown Victoria. The names of those drivers weren't released on the scene.

The Crown Victoria then crashed into a silver Mercedes, driven by Leroy Lail and his wife, county commissioner Lynn Lail.

The Crown Victoria sustained major damage in the crash, with the vehicle's trunk smashed into the car and rotated to the left. The driver of that vehicle, a man, was entrapped in the car, and emergency responders worked on the scene to extricate the victim.

"They told us 'code red,'" said Catawba Fire Chief Don Robinson.

Emergency personnel called for a helicopter to transport the victim to the hospital from the scene of the crash. The chopper, however, was rerouted to Catawba Valley Medical Center, where the victim was transported by ambulance. The victim was then airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, said N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Bobby Lineberger. The man's condition wasn't available as of press time Wednesday.

The Lails were uninjured in the crash and told reporters on the scene that they were "OK." The Lails declined to speak further about the incident.

Troopers on the scene detained the man driving the Dodge Ram and appeared to be conducting sobriety tests on him about 50 yards away from the crash scene. The man appeared to be swaying in place, and officers had to steady him as he was placed in handcuffs in the back of a patrol car.

Meanwhile, firefighters cleared the wreckage from the crash, which backed up I-40 eastbound until the Claremont exit at mile marker 135.

Drivers on eastbound I-40 were routed away from the crash by traveling onto the exit 138 off ramp, across the bridge and back on the interstate. The road was reopened to traffic about 4 p.m.

Fuel leaked from the Crown Victoria after the crash, and crews poured a sand mixture to soak the gasoline from the roadway.

"I don't see how that didn't catch fire," Robinson said.

All three vehicles involved in the crash were towed from the scene.

Twisted metal and glass from the vehicles littered the roadway. The Dodge Ram sustained major damage to its left side, crumpling the rear wheel upward. Contents from the truck, including a tool box and several boxes, were scattered several feet from where the impact occurred.

The Lail's Mercedes appeared to have the least damage in the crash. It was struck from behind by the Crown Victoria.

Troopers on the scene couldn't release the names of those involved in the crash, but they said the incident remains under investigation.

Comments

What I wanna know...

April 8, 2011 by Backbone (not verified), 3 years 32 weeks ago
Comment: 303

...is why don't we get the hot lookin Latino Baes up here (illegalls of course) that look like Eva Longoria and the hot mammacitas that are on Univision and such (Ay Caramba! Muy Muy Caliente' Holmes). Instead we get the ones that look like gophers (You knoww 4' wide and 3 feet tall!). That is what I am upset about, instead of getting Selma Hayeck we get Mrs. Speedy Gonzelez and her amazing girth.(Man thats a lotta tortillas in that package, Holmes.

If the illegals looked like what I see on TV (i.e. Sophie Vargas, you know that hot moma from Columbia or Shakira) I could stand a little illegality going on, but no way Jose', you get the Mexican bambino factory. Look it aint rascist, its just Manstuff ok Amigo!

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April 8, 2011 by uscgal (not verified), 3 years 32 weeks ago
Comment: 304

As I recall from your previous posts, Backbone, you are married. Right? I know men look, whether married or not, but the description at which you describe women is a little disturbing.
Maybe if you give women a little more respect, you might find that you get more yourself.

do you know who the 100 winerys are for??????????????

April 8, 2011 by justiceckeepsch..., 3 years 32 weeks ago
Comment: 302

I hope you keep up with all the news in the state as you try to in catawba county. our great respected lady govnor is proud to have let another winery open in the great drunk state of North Carolina this 100th winery is for people like the Mexi-cons who swarm to NC . because of all the freebys given to tham and because some wont or cant mow there own grass or plant a garden or just wont to be a hog and plant every bodys garden. The Democrats and the Republicans have to have some one follow in there foot steps may as well be a mexi-con, wright. If I could work and not pay income tax and be able to drive drunk and kill people with out losing my licenes and you cant get money from someone who dosent have any or spending no time in jail and be able to multiply as much as I want , you know have children who the state keeps up feeds sends to school all the way through College.I think I would become an illagel just to get the freebys too. The State of arizona has the right Idea about How Mexico can put down America,s Economy with out fireing a shot.
How would you like it if one of them came a took your job because they can do it at half the price or a third of it. They dont buy American goods when they are here They import the food much of the time, They trash everything they can if you have some living near you you will notice candy wrappers , soft drink cans all from Mexico in your yard. wise up idiots I would call you a fool but I've been taught thats not to wise.

How does your shoe leather taste?

April 7, 2011 by ryray (not verified), 3 years 32 weeks ago
Comment: 295

Your "Mexican" who you thought was the only one drunk at 4pm turns out to be a US citizen from Burke county. Seems you acted in haste when you jumped to the conclusion that it was a hardworking immigrant who caused this accident.

Your tired observations about the Hispanic population is going nowhere fast. The facts are they are here doing the jobs you won't do. They are not here by choice; but by necessity.

If you want to TEA party against something why don't you concentrate your efforts agains the "Hate filled" minority who hide behind macho screen names? They and this rash of spouting off opinions they dare not say in face are more of a threat to society than anything else.

No Mexican has bombed a federal building here in the US but a "hatemonger" has.

Who should I fear?

I just betcha...

April 7, 2011 by Backbone (not verified), 3 years 33 weeks ago
Comment: 289

...that the drunk that hit and may possibly kill or at least injury for live one or more of the VICTIMS is a Illegal Mexican! They are the only ones that are HABITUALLY Drunk at 4 p.m. in the afternoon. Most of the other drunks that are that bad dont even have cars and and sitting in alley ways! Either way, it is time to hold our elected leaders accountable to put pressure on the State and Federal Leaders to end this silliness and move these dangerous ILLEGALS out of N.C. and the U.S.! I also blame the business owners who use them for cheap labor, the court system who fail to prosecute them and of course the slum lords who house them (against existing occupancy codes!) If it turns out to be a Citizen that caused this I STIIL STAND BY MY WORDS, however this creep needs to GO AWAY!

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