Man With Broken Bones Escapes Before Car Explodes

State troopers say a man with broken bones in his feet an ankles was able to escape his car before it exploded into flames.

Asher Turner of Williamston is recovering at Pitt County Memorial Hospital after the 1:00 a.m. crash on Highway 64 Alternate in Martin County.

The Highway Patrol says the 20-year-old man's car crashed into a bridge pylon near Shady Acres mobile Home Park between Williamston and Everetts. He managed to get out of his crumpled car and into a ditch where some good Samaritans helped him away from the accident scene before the explosion.

At last check troopers say Turner was in surgery, but is expected to be okay. They have ruled out alcohol as a factor in the crash.


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A Williamston man was airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville early Tuesday after crashing into a bridge pylon. Troopers say he managed to get out of the car and out of harm's way before his station wagon exploded.

The Highway Patrol says 20 year old Asher Turner of Williamston crashed on Highway 64 Alternate near Shady Acres Mobile Home Park, which is between Williamston and Everetts in Martin County. The crash happened shortly after 1 a.m.

Troopers say Turner managed to get out of his crumpled car and into the ditch. Some passersby helped Turner away from the accident scene, thankfully, because his Ford Escort station wagon exploded, the trooper said.

Turner was conscious at Martin General Hospital before he was airlifted to Pitt Memorial.

Troopers are investigating what caused the crash in the first place.


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  • by Antwan Johnson Location: Greenville NC on Dec 1, 2011 at 01:11 PM
    Asher Is a Highschoolmate that I attended with at Bertie High.We had Guitar class together..Also as kids we use to play (me) keyboard (Asher)Drums together and make music...We have grown to have a brotherly bond since childhood...He was also just at my church THIS SUNDAY "Luberty Christian Center" Of williamston NC.Where My Apostle: Harriet Rodgers Had heard the spirit of the lord, And Ironically Prayed for him before we closed service out...All I can Say is, She heard God, And God Heard and watched over him and protected him! We thank God For his Spared Life, And will continue to Glorify God for another Life/Soul Saved! I thank God My brother made it out!
  • by Denise Location: Bertie on Nov 30, 2011 at 07:52 PM
    Asher is my older cousin, when I went and saw him today he was doing well. I am thankful that he is still here with us.. All I continued to do is ask for you all to Pray for him and his family as he has to go through one more surgery. He has to go to rehab for his broken legs so just keep him in your prayers.
  • by Simone Location: greensboro nc on Nov 30, 2011 at 02:53 PM
    Asher is my little brother. He is doing well. Thank you for all the prayers. My dad said that he has had one surgery so far and may have to have another. I want to definitely thank those that helped save him from this wreck. I hope to get to see him this weekend.
  • by Friend on Nov 29, 2011 at 11:34 AM
    Please pray for Asher. Both of his leg are broken and lat I heard he was unconscious. The recovery process will be extensive. The main point is that he's ok and God has spared his life. Keep him in prayer. God bless!!!
  • by Tina Location: Windsor on Nov 29, 2011 at 09:34 AM
    Hope he will get better hear he isnt during well please pray for him
  • by Anon Location: Bertie on Nov 29, 2011 at 08:22 AM
    I went to high school with Asher, hope he is doing well. Prayers are with him and his family.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 29, 2011 at 07:54 AM
    and the "news's" definition of exploded is...? photos or it didnt happen!
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      by ANN on Nov 29, 2011 at 08:21 AM in reply to
      Why in the world would you need to see pictures. Get real
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      by anonymous on Nov 29, 2011 at 08:44 PM in reply to
      my friend dustin saved him. im sure he wouldnt lie about flames being up to the power lines
  • by , Location: . on Nov 29, 2011 at 03:13 AM
    thank he made it out safely..turner family keep your head up
  • by Will Location: Greenville on Nov 29, 2011 at 03:00 AM
    I am glad that he was able 2 escape b4 the explosion! Hope all is well with him
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