A fiery rollover crash sends a mom and two kids to the hospital.
It happened at 1:50 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 264 near Free Union Church Road in Beaufort County. Firefighters and troopers responded to reports of a single vehicle upside down, on fire, with people inside. Firefighters say the mom and kids made it out on their own before rescuers arrived.
The mother says she reached down to answer her ringing cell phone, according to 1st Sgt. Kenneth Pitts with the Highway Patrol. She tells lawmen when she looked back up there was a deer in the road. She swerved across the oncoming lane to miss it, ran off the road, and rolled her sports utility vehicle in a ditch where it caught fire.
The mom and children, whose ages are approx. 3-4 and 5-7 years old, were all taken to Pungo District Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
First Sgt. Pitts reminds drivers to be careful using cell phones in the car, and encourages them to pull over if they need to use the phone.