A woman escaped serious injury when the Honda Civic she was driving ran off U.S. 421 Business just before the merger with U.S. 421 Bypass and went a short distance down a steep embankment in Wilkesboro late Tuesday afternoon.
The westbound car was partly off the roadway for about 100 feet and ran over a highway sign before it went down the embankment on the right side.
Wilkesboro Fire Chief Jason Smithey said the woman was fortunate that trees kept the car from going any farther into a deep ravine, with Tucker Hole Creek at the bottom.
The woman received scratches and bruises but declined medical treatment at the scene. Emergency personnel helped her exit the car. Her name wasn't immediately available. No one else was in the car.
The Wilkesboro Fire Department, Wilkes Emergency Medical Services, Wilkes Rescue Squad and Wilkesboro Police Department were dispatched at 4:18 p.m. Tuesday.