TROOPERS: Teen Causes Fiery Crash In Carteret County

A teen driver is facing charges after troopers say she caused a fiery crash this morning while heading to school in Carteret County.

Amanda Andersen of Newport is charged with careless and reckless driving.

The Highway Patrol says the 16-year-old was heading west on Highway 24 near Broad Creek Elementary School when she crossed the center line and struck an oncoming SUV. In an attempt to avoid that accident, troopers say another vehicle ran off the road and hit a culvert. They say Debra Windberry was able to get out before her vehicle before it caught fire. The other driver, Natalie Hammett had to be freed from her SUV.

Troopers say all three women were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Highway Patrol says Andersen turned 16 in September.


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  • by Teresa Location: ny on Jan 15, 2012 at 10:32 AM
    My son was the person who pulled the lady from the burning fire. He had just pulled ahead to go back in the house for something he forgot. Otherwise, He would of been where the women crashed in his driveway. Less than 5 minutes before it happen my 3 grandchildren pulled out of the same driveway with their other grandma to go to school. My sister who is next door also was just before pulling out to go to work. This accident could of been a lot worse. By the looks of the cars, God was looking out for everyone.Not everyone would have approached a car that was on fire and pulled a driver to safety, risking getting burned on the car totally igniting from gas. Then he took time to fine the other two cars and see if he could be of further assistance until the EMTs arrived. We always hear of negativity (like teen drivers, talking and texting while driving) when did not apply here,instead of the positive eg. a model citizen doing what was right. We are very proud of Bryan.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 23, 2012 at 07:52 PM in reply to Teresa
      Good Job Bryan. You are right a model citizen risking his life.
  • by Parent of Teenage Drivers Location: Newport on Jan 15, 2012 at 07:33 AM
    Get a grip people. We have ALL made driving mistakes be it big or little ! And yes, most teen drivers are inexperienced. We all start somewhere. You do your best as parents to teach them saftey on the roads and then pray their taking it seriously! Lets just be thankful everyone was ok !
  • by parent of teenager drivers Location: bath on Jan 12, 2012 at 01:42 PM
    Glad nobody was seriously injured - be thankful! Everyone makes mistakes but so many are quick to jump to conclusions. My children have had a highway patrolman and a sheriff run them off the road and keep on going. When a 16 year old gets their license - they really have no idea what responsibilities come with the privilege. That is the parents job to teach them the best they can before turning them loose on the road.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM
    Poor baby I am glad everyone is ok.
  • by don't hit me please Location: in my lane on Jan 11, 2012 at 07:02 PM
    Think I need a bigger truck.
  • by Officer on the scene Location: Newport on Jan 11, 2012 at 05:53 PM
    The collison was prior to the school zone and she was not texting or on the phone. Her phone was checked. Please know as well that %100 of the drivers I have charged with texting were adults. The majority of collisions are caused by adults. While we all expect teens to be foolish behind the wheel, I do not see it. Most charges are written to people in there 20's.
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      by Lisa on Jan 11, 2012 at 07:27 PM in reply to Officer on the scene
      Officer, thanks for making it public that this teen driver was NOT on her phone. Teenagers so often get shorted the benefit of the doubt just because they are teenagers and others think they are not responsible. Because I have a teen driver, I pay close attention to driving texters and have also noticed its not the teens but adults who (I can only assume) think they have the experience and ability to text and drive at the same time. Most of our teens are listening and doing as they should, not using their phones while driving. More adults should practice what is being preached! Again, Thank You Officer, for your service and for making it known a cell phone was NOT the cause of this accident involving a teenager.
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        by Hannah on Jan 11, 2012 at 08:13 PM in reply to Lisa
        Agreed! All of you making assumptions that she was on her cell phone now sound like complete fools.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 12, 2012 at 05:51 AM in reply to Lisa
        okay so pretty much she just can't drive? She can't drive in a straight line without any distractions and not cross the center line? Considering there is a vehicle coming?
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      by Anonymous on Jan 12, 2012 at 05:36 AM in reply to Officer on the scene
      Thank you, too many people jumping the gun
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      by Anonymous on Jan 12, 2012 at 10:23 AM in reply to Officer on the scene
      @officer on the scene: If you are so willing to make this information public knowledge, exactly what WAS SHE DOING that caused her to cross the center line? Temporary blindness??? Every day I see teenagers yapping on phones, and I drive by them and see them looking down on their laps.....driving right along. Sure it may be people in their 20's too, the previous two generations are pretty ignorant I have to say.
  • by Lisa Location: Newport on Jan 11, 2012 at 04:08 PM
    I didn't read anywhere in the article that the teen driver was on her cell phone or texting. Let's not condem her until we know. Not ALL teens disobey the rules, I have a very responsible teen driver who does not use a phone while driving (for talking or texting). There are other distractions out there and we ALL need to be more careful. If this had been an adult, the majority of comments would probably be questioning medical issues, heart attack etc. Things can happen to young people too. Think about it.
  • by Miss Location: Cape Cartert on Jan 11, 2012 at 03:56 PM
    She was in a school zone!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 11, 2012 at 02:22 PM
    If she was on her cellphone that is an additional fine since they passed the law that anyone under 18 would receive a ticket for even using their phone.. Glad no one was seriously injured though.
  • by yukon on Jan 11, 2012 at 02:06 PM
    Hope everyone is OK but these kids make the laws tougher on responcible kids and adults
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