Ray Gora / Lincoln Times-News
Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services transported a Vale man to a Cleveland County hospital Wednesday afternoon after West Lincoln Rescue Squad workers said he crashed into a power pole along N.C. 27 West, breaking it in half.
The single-vehicle incident occurred around 2 p.m. in front of Hull’s Grove Baptist Church, according to the Lincoln County Communications Center.
Power crews with Duke Energy were on scene around 4 p.m. trying to restore power to the area.
Trooper Kyle Adkins with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol told the Times-News Thursday that power was only knocked out at some locations in the immediate area.
He said N.C. 27 West was shut down for nearly an hour after the wreck. Firefighters confirmed the road was closed from the intersection of Cedar Grove Church Road to the intersection of N.C. 274.
Adkins said he wasn’t ready to release the victim’s name to the media, but noted the driver was a white male in his 30s who had been traveling east down N.C. 27, toward Lincolnton, when he ran off the right side of the road and overcorrected, crossing the center line and striking the pole at 45 mph.
The power pole broke in half and landed on top of the 2000 Buick LeSabre, Adkins added.
Troopers said EMS rushed the victim to the hospital with minor injuries; there’s no word yet on whether or not he’s been released.
North Brook Fire Department also responded to the scene.