A man escaped serious injury when the flatbed work truck he was driving ran off the narrow, unpaved upper section of Mount Zion Road, flipped and was on its top when it was stopped by trees from plunging all the way down a steep 100-foot embankment to Stony Fork Creek below.
The Wilkes Communications Center dispatched emergency personnel a little after 4 p.m. to the accident, which occurred in the 6000 block of Mount Zion Road in the Champion Fire District. Mount Zion Road is little more than one lane wide at this point, with steep drop-offs.
Emergency personnel helped the driver get up the embankment with the use of rope while his truck horn kept soundubg off three times about every 30 seconds. Emergency personnel on the scene said the man didn’t appear to be seriously injured and was extremely fortunate that trees stopped his truck from going any farther down the embankment.
In addition to Champion Fire and Rescue, agencies on the scene were the Wilkes Rescue Squad, Wilkes Emergency Medical Services and N.C. Highway Patrol. More details are expected later from the Highway Patrol.
The prior evening, Champion Fire and Rescue spent three hours in training on technical rescue with ropes.