PINNACLE — A single vehicle accident in the county Sunday evening has sent two to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, one in critical condition, according to county emergency services workers.
Emergency Services Director John Shelton said the accident occurred just after 7 p.m., at the intersection of Pinnacle Motel Road and Ayers Road.
Shelton said the vehicle, which he described as a “later model Ford pickup,” left the road, striking a tree.
The vehicle was operated by Travis Collins, 27, of Wise River Lane in Siloam. The passenger in the vehicle was identified as Rosanna Coins, 25, of Volunteer Road in Pinnacle.
Shelton said the vehicle struck a tree, pinning Collins in the vehicle for “quite some time,” but Coins was able to free herself.
“She was able to free herself and get out of the vehicle, and was subsequently taken to Baptist by ground transport,” he said.
The vehicle then started to catch fire, but the blaze was extinguished by a nearby resident with a home fire extinguisher, according to Shelton.
Shelton said a helicopter was called in to be ready when Collins was removed from the vehicle.
“He was pinned in the driver’s side for quite some time, and after we were able to extricate him he was transported to Baptist by air transport,” Shelton said.
Collins’ condition was described as “critical but stable.”
The accident is under investigation, and information about any potential charges was unavailable.
Keith Strange can be reached at 336-415-4698 or via Twitter @strangereporter.