Woman, 23, pinned in car


By Tom Joyce - [email protected]



A Pilot Mountain woman was pinned in her vehicle for about 40 minutes Monday night after it went down an embankment on N.C. 268 in southern Surry County.

After being freed, Brittany Adams, 23, of South Key Street, was hospitalized in Winston-Salem with non-life-threatening injuries, according to a local emergency official.

“She was transported to Baptist hospital in stable condition,” Surry Emergency Services Director John Shelton said of Adams, who was conscious and alert when freed after the wreck, reported about 10:20 p.m. Monday.

Adams was driving eastbound on N.C. 268 in a small car that left the roadway in the vicinity of Ron’s Used Cars, near the second intersection of Pilot Power Dam Road. She was the only occupant of the vehicle.

The driver over-corrected and it went down an embankment and struck a large culvert, ending up sideways against a signpost.

“She was trapped underneath the dash,” Shelton said of Adams, who was extricated from the car by Pilot Mountain Rescue Squad personnel.

Shelton said Monday’s rainy weather could have been a factor.

The roadway and shoulders were wet and there is a big drop-off when a vehicle leaves the pavement on N.C. 268, he explained.

Trooper Brent Jones of the N.C. Highway Patrol investigated the accident, but could not be reached Tuesday for additional information.

Victim identified

The name of a woman critically injured in another wreck Sunday night that sent five people to the Winston-Salem hospital has been identified.

Carol Hayden was operating a Chrysler passenger car that collided with another car at the intersection of N.C. 89 and Prison Camp Road west of Mount Airy shortly before 8 p.m.

Hayden, 74, originally was thought to be from Virginia, but was revealed to be a resident of Collinstown Road in Westfield.

“She had a Virginia plate,” Shelton, the EMS official, said of a previous report regarding the woman’s place of residence.

Hayden was unresponsive after the collision and was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center by the Surry County EMS.

“My understanding is she is still critical,” Shelton said Tuesday of Hayden’s condition.

Two youths in her vehicle, ages 10 and 15, also were transported to the Winston-Salem facility, along with a Pilot Mountain couple in the other car, but none with life-threatening injuries.

The Highway Patrol could not be reached Tuesday for further details regarding the Sunday night accident.

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

By Tom Joyce

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