A Roaring River couple escaped serious injury when the 2013 Honda Civic they were in ran off the side of U.S. 421 at the Dennyville Road overpass and landed on Dennyville Road about 1 p.m. Wednesday in eastern Wilkes County
Judy Coleman, 70, was driving and her husband, Gregory Coleman, 69, was a passenger, when the westbound car went off the left side of four-lane U.S. 421, went through a median cable barrier and plunged down a steep concrete embankment between the eastbound and westbound overpass bridges, said Trooper Jonathan Barnes of the N.C. Highway Patrol at the scene.
A witness reported seeing the car drift off the side of the road rather than turn sharply. The car flipped over once and was upright when it came to rest in the northbound lane of two-lane Dennyville Road at the base of the concrete embankment.
Barnes said the Honda traveled about 80 feet from the point it left U.S. 421 to where it stopped in lightly-traveled Dennyville Road. He said both people in the car were wearing seatbelts.
The Colemans were conscious and talking when emergency personnel arrived on the scene. The Wilkes Rescue Squad was dispatched and was en route due to possible entrapment but the squad’s response was canceled when first emergency personnel on the scene said they weren’t entrapped.
Wilkes Emergency Medical Services transported the Colemans to Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin for examination, but Barnes said they didn’t appear to have significant injuries.
Barnes said at the scene that he would charge Judy Coleman with failure to maintain lane control. He said the median cable barrier had at least $12,000 in damage.
In addition to N.C. Highway Patrol and EMS, the Ronda and Buck Shoals fire departments responded to provide first aid and traffic control.