Family Speaks Out About Terrifying Wreck

The family of a man who was injured in a wreck after his truck landed on top of him spoke out to WITN. The family says Joseph Pahl was in a rush because his fiancée had called saying there was a disturbance at a yard sale she was hosting at their home.

Joseph Pahl Jr., Pahl's son, says "I'm worried right now. Saturday I went crazy. I didn't know what was going to happen. He stopped breathing."

The wreck happened Saturday afternoon on Gregory Fork Rd. in Richlands near where the man lives. Officials say Joseph Pahl Sr. was in a rush to get home when he ran off the road at a curve, over-corrected and ran into a parked car. His truck then went into a ditch, he was ejected, and then his truck landed on him.

His fiancée, Bridget Stratton, says Pahl stopped breathing. Pahl was flown to the hospital. Where he remains in serious condition. Stratton says Pahl suffered severe bruising to the lungs and trauma to the head.

Pahl’s father, Louis Pahl, says “A couple people called the place that he worked at and were harassing him and they were here harassing his wife. So he came here, which he should have been slowing down.”

His family says they are now praying for his recovery.

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A Richlands man was airlifted to the hospital Saturday afternoon after his truck landed on him according to officials.

According to Trooper Chris Matos, 38-year-old Joseph Pahl received a call from his fiancée saying that there was a disturbance at the yard sale she was hosting. Pahl then headed back to their home on Gregory Fork Rd. in Richlands from his work in Jacksonville.

Trooper Matos says Pahl was in a rush and he ran off the road to the left at a curve near his house. Pahl then overcorrected to the right, struck a parked vehicle on the side of the road, ran into a ditch, then the truck overturned and Pahl was ejected. Trooper Matos says the truck then landed on top of Pahl.

Pahl was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. According to a hospital spokesperson Pahl is in serious condition. Charges are pending.


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  • by A Mom Location: Moss Hill on Mar 7, 2011 at 06:09 AM
    I pray this father makes it through just fine. I know it could be a long road to recovery. His son needs him in his life and I am sure the rest of the family as well
  • by anon Location: wallace on Mar 7, 2011 at 05:33 AM
    you are no good if you cant get there to help. what if someone else was in thatparked car instead , also seat belts save lives.i hope he gets better.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 7, 2011 at 05:06 AM
    If you feel you are in that big a danger - call the police.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 7, 2011 at 05:06 AM
    Bad judgement. Hope he recovers fully.
  • by Bless his heart on Mar 7, 2011 at 03:54 AM
    He was trying to protect his family. Hopefully he makes a full recovery.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 6, 2011 at 05:46 PM
    That is what 9-11 is for. Should never get angry and drive.
  • by Fed Up Location: Greenville on Mar 6, 2011 at 05:33 PM
    Sorry for the injuries this man endured. I pray that he is fully recovers. All: Please wear a seatbelt! They will prevent injuries!
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Mar 6, 2011 at 05:15 PM
    If he and his family were being harrased by someone, and they know who it is, those "people" should be charged with causing the wreck.
  • by Unknown Location: Pitt County on Mar 6, 2011 at 05:02 PM
    Best wishes for your family! A lot of people care and hope for a healthy recovery.
  • by Rae on Mar 6, 2011 at 02:06 PM
    Posted by: Aunt B on Mar 5, 2011 at 08:04 PM I'm with you PRAYING, he will have a long and painful recovery time. Pray for a good outcome. did you really mean to say this?
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