Mom Trapped For Nearly 8 Hours As Kids Left At Home

The Highway Patrol says a mother spent nearly eight hours trapped in her car after a crash early this morning in Lenoir County, while her three young children were left at their home.

Trooper J.J. Zamora tells WITN that the crash happened at Highway 58 and Vine Swamp Road between 12:30 and 1:00 a.m., but the accident wasn't discovered until about 7:30 a.m. It then took about an hour for firefighters to cut through trees to get to the vehicle and free the woman.

The victim has been identified as Shambra Ward of Trenton.

Neighbors who live near the crash heard a noise overnight, but couldn't find anything. The 24-year-old woman's vehicle landed upside down in some trees and the trooper said there was evidence at the scene indicating the woman was trying to dig her way out. Zamora says Ward was flown to Pitt County Memorial Hospital and is expected to recover.

Troopers say their investigation is leading to the possibility that Ward may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

Ward has three young children, the oldest who is six years old. The Highway Patrol says the children were left at their Trenton home and authorities are now investigating that. Troopers say when the grandmother arrived at the home a stranger was with the children. The three are now with their grandmother.

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A vehicle landed upside down in some woods, trapping the woman inside for more than an hour this morning.

The Highway Patrol says the single car crash happened at Highway 58 at Vine Swamp Road, south of Kinston.

Trooper JJ Zamora with the Highway Patrol told WITN's Heather King a woman was pinned in the vehicle. Fire crews are "frantically working to get her out," Zamora said.

Trooper Zamora also said the East Care helicopter landed to take the woman to Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Trooper Zamora says the woman was the only person in the vehicle and we're now awaiting an update on her condition and other details of the accident.

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  • by lovely Location: chocowinity on Sep 20, 2011 at 08:42 PM
    First of all the stranger was a stranger to mom not Shay. Sometimes it takes a special man to step to the plate and raise another mans child. Shay was an excellent mom despite what u think. The gentleman at the home was keeping the children for her to work. Friends at times are great when your family work to keep in meat. She wasn't one to deprive the system but to make things happen legally to support her and the babies. When commenting ask yourself do I have or have I ever had a special someone in my life that my parents didn't know about. Think the children were comfortable. The bible states that man shouldn't judge bc neither of us have a heaven or hell to place a person. So let's pray for Shay and her family. Think b4 speaking bc it could of been u.
  • by jackie on Sep 18, 2011 at 07:37 AM
    All grandma's don't baby sit. This is probably a "young" grandma. She was probably out and couldn't watch 3 kids. Times are changing. When we think of grandma, we think of grandma of the past. 21st Century grandma is another story. Also, in these tough financial times, people are having to make tough decisions regarding child care and even about where the next meal is coming from. Don't mention gas prices. Hope all goes well.
  • by some people Location: enc on Sep 17, 2011 at 11:34 AM
    did some of you commenting really read the story? The children were with someone - it appears the grandmother did not know that person. Happens all the time. Maybe the mother was working late & on her way home to her children. I'm with Ncgurlntampa - instead of talking about her, pray for her to recover.
  • by Anonymous Location: New Bern on Sep 17, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    WITN way to go on changing to story once posting again! It went from the mother leaving the child home alone to the children being left with a stranger! Get your facts straight before you post the story! I have alway trusted you to tell the real story, but this one has change since the original post! Either way these children don't deserve to be judge they deserve to be loved!
  • by Jim Location: ENC on Sep 16, 2011 at 09:41 PM
    Where is/are the useless father/fathers of 3 children of a 24 yr. old.
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      by Marie on Sep 18, 2011 at 12:02 AM in reply to Jim
      Relevant question and but then again, isn't that the norm these days? Grandma does not know the stranger who is "watching over" the little ones after Midnight? I think we should question this and DSS probably will. So those replying jump to "do not judge," but hey, I think these poorly choosen "arrangements" we make in our lives have consequenses....
  • by manda on Sep 16, 2011 at 05:50 PM
    First off I know shay and the "stranger" first hand shay is a good women a hard working mother who would do anything she could to protect her kids they are her life she is the most kind hearted person I know I thank god the kids were with someone else not with her. She is a strong women and she will make it through this we all love and respect her our prayers are with you shay and please people quit talking down on her if you don't know her then you don't know the truth so you have no room to judge
  • by Anonymous on Sep 16, 2011 at 04:48 PM
    Read the facts, someone was at the home with the children. The mother didn't know this individual which is not an unusual thing. The Mother had someone watching them. Get a life please!
  • by Anonymous Location: NC on Sep 16, 2011 at 03:04 PM
    Just to clear this up. She knew the "stranger" that was with the kids. He isn't a stranger. He stayed there with the kids because they were alone. He was doing the right thing.
  • by Well on Sep 16, 2011 at 02:46 PM
    "Troopers say when the grandmother arrived at the home a stranger was with the children." Did you folks read that part or did you immediately jump to conclusions? Perhaps the "stranger" was not a stranger to the mother and the children. Do any of you have friends that your mother do not know? Geesh, some of you are worse than Salem witch hunters!
  • by Ncgurlntampa Location: Tampa. FL on Sep 16, 2011 at 02:12 PM
    Stop speaking negativity into this young mothers life you don't know the whole story so stop making assumptions.I break all curses of negativity spoken over shambra wards life in the name of jesus. DO me a favor stop talking about it b/c I believe that everything is going to be alright. We create these things, don't you know life & death are in the power of the tonugue besides it could have been you. Instead of talking about it pray that she recovers and will soon be able to join her kids in the comfort of her wn home. PEOPLE
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      by voter on Sep 16, 2011 at 02:25 PM in reply to Ncgurlntampa
      well now,,you certainly shed some light on the subject. now we have a perspective on poor shambra.
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        by Marie on Sep 17, 2011 at 11:49 PM in reply to voter
        Despite the severity of the situation, your response truly cracked me up!!
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        by candus on Sep 22, 2011 at 09:02 PM in reply to voter
        poor you , dont act as if your perfect bet you got more secrets that can tell it all , you believe everything you hear when you dont even know these people nor the news reporter who only gather what they can at the moment before really investigating before writing the story wow!!!!!!
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