NEW INFO: Motorist Injured Driving Past Barricade Into Washed-Out Road

A 19 year-old is in fair condition after driving into a 10 foot hole that developed after flood waters washed out a portion of a roadway.

It happened on Jones Road in the Martin County town of Jamesville Friday afternoon.

Highway Patrol troopers say Simon Arrants drove past a barricade and drove more than 60 miles per hour into the hole. Troopers say Arrants was thrown through the windshield of the vehicle and suffered severe head injuries.

Neighbors say the pipe underneath the road has failed twice, causing the road to collapse. D.O.T engineers say the water line problem is one that has to be resolved before they can repair and reopen the road.

Court records show Arrants has been charged with driving by person less than 21 years old after consuming alcohol or drugs, reckless driving to endanger, driving on a closed/unopened highway, and driving left of center.

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