Grandfather Trapped After Mini-Van Becomes Airborne

A man and his granddaughter were injured after their mini-van became airborne and flipped several times Friday afternoon in Pitt County.

It happened around 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of Black Jack Simpson Road and Beddard Road, that's outside of Simpson.

The driver, 67-year-old Donald Rumph of Greenville, had to be cut out of the mini-van. He was airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital. The man's four-year-old granddaughter, Dana Boyd, was also in the van and she was transported via ambulance to the hospital.

Black Jack Simpson Road was shut down because of the crash.

A witness told troopers that it didn't appear that the mini-van was speeding. The van struck a culvert, became airborne and then flipped several times. Troopers are still trying to determine what caused the crash.


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  • by Tami on Dec 14, 2010 at 05:31 AM
    WITN WHERES MY POST???????????
  • by Liz Location: Edmonds, WA on Dec 13, 2010 at 07:53 PM
    To Will...that is possibly the lowest and most disrespectful thing anyone could have said. This happens to be my very good friend's Daughter and Father you heartlessly talked about. I am furious that my friend had to read these horrible comments at a time like this!! I have been a paramedic and EMT for many years and have this to say to you... how dare you decide or comment on someones worthiness to receive medical care??? Taxpayers money or not..it shouldn't matter! (which in this case was not taxpayers money, so get your story straight before looking like a moron) And to "anonymous" (who can't even be big enough of a person to give their name) to judge someone for their spelling? really? how childish to an unbelievable extent!! I would like to thank the Simpson Fire Department and Eastern Pines as well! I am grateful for your service and quick response! You are the reason my favorite little girl and her Grandfather are alive! And to Gab, my dear friend, I am here for you!
  • by Eric Location: Greenville on Dec 12, 2010 at 05:51 AM
    I lived near where this accident happened for more than 20 years. I mean within a few yards. I've tried to get the DOT to put up curve ahead signs, and to lower the speed limit through that area several times. They just laugh it off. I've seen 2 people die there because of car accidents. Another ended up in my front yard one time. Another flipped over into the creek one time. Now this. When will the State stop wasting money on useless projects and put up a couple of signs? Yes I'm talking about you Steve Hamilton.
  • by sam Location: morehead city on Dec 11, 2010 at 08:43 PM
    I have been a paramedic for almost 7 years now and there are two direct reasons as to call a helicopter. 1) as many of you have already pointed out, the helicopter is called to save a precious few mintues of transport time and 2) it is called whenever a SMOOTH transport is needed. IE to patient has spinal cord injuries that may be furthur injured by transporting the patient on a hard backboard over bumpy roads.
  • by who cares Location: falkland on Dec 11, 2010 at 07:35 PM
    I would much rather to have east care help than some of these stations around here. Money is no problem when you know that the job was done correctly. What about some of you call rescue for headaches or tooth aches that is missuse of anyones time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I pray that they both are doing fine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Tammy on Dec 11, 2010 at 06:25 PM
    To Gabrielle: I am so sorry that there are individuals that seem to attack others and bring up petty issues such as spelling when a human life is at risk. Einstein couldn't spell; so what "anonymous"! Gabrielle, I pray for your father that he recovers from his injuries. I also pray that your daughter will overcome this scary ordeal and that she is Ok. God Bless.
  • by anonymous Location: greenville on Dec 11, 2010 at 08:07 AM
    For the person that posted " And it amazes me even more how little the general public knows about spelling. Look at Gabrielle Boyd's post. I know she's upset about her father and kid being in a wreck, and I truly hope everything works out well for them, but DANG! Try some adult education classes at a local community college." wow. They teach ethics in college in too.
  • by Darlene Location: Simpson on Dec 11, 2010 at 07:26 AM
    Please just pray for the recovery of this Grandfather instead of giving your opinions of how East Care should be used. It was not your decision to make and anyone that looks at the picture should clearly be able to see how serious this accident was. I do not the family, but my thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 11, 2010 at 06:18 AM
    And it amazes me even more how little the general public knows about spelling. Look at Gabrielle Boyd's post. I know she's upset about her father and kid being in a wreck, and I truly hope everything works out well for them, but DANG! Try some adult education classes at a local community college.
  • by Kathy Location: Pitt Count on Dec 11, 2010 at 05:57 AM
    I hope your dad and daughter make a full recovery. My prayers are with your family. Black Jack-Simpson Rd is in horrible shape and there are too many accidents here. The speed limit needs to be lowered especially for the tractor trailers that use this road as a cut through from 43.
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