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.
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.