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Seat belt saves life

September 30, 2010

A seat belt and an airbag saved the life of a Hickory man Thursday after his car crashed into a tractor trailer.
Eduardo Cervantes, 31, was driving in the 1500 block of U.S. 70-A in Conover at 8:21 a.m. when his car hit the back of an 18-wheeler, according to Shannon Roberts of the Conover Police Department.
The tractor trailer was stopped in the roadway attempting to turn, and Cervantes told police the sun prevented him from seeing the truck until it was too late, Roberts said.
The roof of Cervantes' 1993 Toyota Corolla was ripped from the vehicle's passenger side and partially from the driver side. The car was totaled.
Cervantes was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.
He was wearing his seat belt and the vehicle's airbag deployed, which likely saved Cervantes' life, Roberts said.
There was minor damage to the tractor trailer, and the driver, Gary Hockaday Sr., 58, of Sophia, wasn't injured.
No charges were filed in the incident.

In another incident
A two-car collision Thursday sent one person to the hospital.
According to Conover Police, a red Hyundai SUV was traveling south on Thornburg Drive SE in Conover around 11:15 a.m. when it collided with a Mazda 626.
The Mazda, which was traveling on Keisler Road SE,  pulled out in front of the Hyundai, causing the crash. The two vehicles collided at the vehicles' front driver sides.
The driver of the Mazda complained of neck pain and was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center, but no other injuries were reported.
Neither vehicle was drivable after the crash.
The names of the drivers were not released on the scene.  
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