Six Hospitalized After SUV Flips

Six people were hospitalized Sunday night after the vehicle they were in flipped on U.S. 64 in Martin county. Officials are blaming weather for the wreck.

According to troopers the accident happened around 6:55 p.m. on U.S. 64 near Bailey Rd. in Williamston.

Troopers say the six people inside a 2002 Chevy Avalanche stopped on the side of the road to get something from their luggage.

When they got back onto the highway it was raining. Troopers say the driver was going around 60 to 65 mph when he lost traction on the outside lane going westbound. The speed limit on the highway is 70 mph.

The vehicle then went left towards the median, flipped over one time, and came to rest on the passenger side.

Two passengers had to be cut from the vehicle.

All six people inside the vehicle were taken to Martin General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. One of the passengers was then flown to PCMH.

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  • by Ohyeah Location: Williamston on Jul 26, 2011 at 06:38 AM
    BTW,,the driver has been charged with no operator's license and no license on the car,,,which also means no auto insurance,,,so all you warm and fuzzy bleeding hearts that think it was just a series of unfortunate and unavoidable events,,,"get a grip",,
  • by Been there/Done that Location: Martin County on Jul 25, 2011 at 07:34 PM
    Cross wind/Heavy rain/ slick new asphalt, the problem. There is an accident on Hwy 64 between Martin line and US 17 each time it rains. 98 median ( single car) accidents on that strip of highway since repaving. NCDOT will not admit to a problem with roadway construction. Good thing for WITN reporter to investigate.
  • by Paul on Jul 25, 2011 at 10:05 AM
    I almost dropped my harley the other day going 20 mph around a turn on a road that was just paved 2 weeks before. It was very hot and the oil had surfaced. It can happen, you just have to expect the unexpected when operating any vehicle. I hope they all heal.
  • by passer by #2 on Jul 25, 2011 at 07:51 AM
    I too saw the wreck. A wreck can happen at any time and any place. It just happened to be "their" time and place. Yes, weather plays a role in some accidents and it could have here and could not have. All we should be concerned about are the people that were inside the vehicle. Everyone is to quick to judge other people.........don't you think you have done the same at some point or been in an accident caused by who only knows what? The vehicle was really messed up and I pray that the passengers will heal soon. God bless you and the volunteers that helped! Get a life people......
  • by Mistake on Jul 25, 2011 at 07:46 AM
    So this was a bad accident and I hope the family a quick recovery... I think we should remember that we all make mistakes and I believe the rain played a big factor into the crash... as it begins to rain the roads are more slippery and if you make a slight mistake then it could cause you to lose control and wreck... Maybe we need to talk about how slippery the roads are especially during a light drizzle or the start of a storm because I don't think it is on the forefront of people's in general mind while driving... Therefore, many and including myself on occassion don't think to slow down for the rain especially when it first starts. Also, the slick roads is a known but not discussed or talked about very often... Personally I don't want to have cars drive themselves because I can't help but to think of the Will Smith movie ?I Robot? "you are experiencing a car accident" the robot said... ok I have given my 2-3cents and now to just send speedy recovery thoughts to the family ...
  • by First on scene on Jul 25, 2011 at 05:30 AM
    I just happened to be traveling behind them and stayed to help as long as possible. May God bless the family and heal there injuries. A special thank you to all the rescue workers who worked together so well for the benefit of all involved.
  • by Gerry Location: Emerald City on Jul 25, 2011 at 05:28 AM
    Exceeding a safe speed for the conditions. What else can one say?
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      by InAccord on Jul 25, 2011 at 06:15 AM in reply to Gerry
      You got it right Gerry...It has been extremely dry lately, there is an oil slick on the highway,,a little rain and it's slippery,,people should slow down,,but that seems to be beyond the human realm of intelligence..Maybe it's time for our cars to driving themselves..
  • by Passer By on Jul 24, 2011 at 08:43 PM
    I was headed home this evening and saw the truck on the flat bed around 8pm. It was pretty smashed up. I hope everyone who was involved has a speedy recovery.
  • by Anonymous Location: beargrass nc on Jul 24, 2011 at 07:01 PM
    Praying for them & their familys
  • by jerry Location: enc on Jul 24, 2011 at 06:49 PM
    Too fast for conditions, the weather is not to blame. Did everyone else driving there wreck? If not, why?
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      by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2011 at 07:59 PM in reply to jerry
      Ive seen people going 75 down roads during bad weather and seen people going 60 with ice on the road and they did not wreck..sometimes things happen and just because everyone did not wreck doesnt mean it was the drivers fault that they wrecked. And it is advised to go 5-10 under the speed limit during bad weather, thats what a trooper told me.
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        by jerry on Jul 25, 2011 at 05:50 AM in reply to
        Pray tell me whose fault it was if not the driver. Some folks simply will not use common sense in bad weather.
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      by Tina H. on Jul 24, 2011 at 08:47 PM in reply to jerry
      Hmm Jerry, were you there? The weather did get rather rough in Williamston on Hwy 64 this evening. I do know what the weather was like because I was driving in it. I myself was running about 65! Dont be so quick to judge!
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        by InAccord on Jul 25, 2011 at 06:16 AM in reply to Tina H.
        Let the medical expenses and condition of the car be the judge. Wake up Tina and look at the speedometer,,and btw,,stop texting,,
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          by Tina H on Jul 25, 2011 at 04:52 PM in reply to InAccord
          InAccord, please notice the time! I posted well afterwards. I dont not believe in texting and driving nor talking on the phone while driving. If I need to make a call, I am responsible enough to pull off the road!
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        by It is the drivers fault on Jul 25, 2011 at 06:21 AM in reply to Tina H.
        The weather doesn't adapt for the driver, the driver adapts for the weather. If you can not handle the conditions (or adjust to them) then get off the road. If a tornado picked up his car and threw them, then the weather is to blame; if the driver loses control in a rainstorm it is the driver's fault.
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