A senior at West Wilkes High School was injured when his pickup went over an embankment on N.C. 16 North in the Wilbar community Wednesday morning, according to Trooper C.M. Anderson of the N.C. Highway Patrol.
Michael Caleb Roland, 17, of O.C. Roland Road, Jefferson, driver of a 1998 Ford, was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
Anderson said Roland remains a patient at Baptist, undergoing treatment of a badly broken leg, a head injury and facial and chest injuries. The trooper said the teenager, whose injuries weren’t life-threatening, was alert at the scene.
Around 7:25 a.m., Roland was traveling south in a curve in heavy fog when he went off on the right and slid for about 200 feet before going down a steep embankment and hitting a tree, Anderson said. He noted that the teen was able to crawl out of the wreckage, but was there for about a half hour before being spotted by another motorist.
Personnel from the Wilkes Rescue Squad and the Wilbar and Millers Creek fire departments carried Roland up the embankment in a Stokes basket. N.C. 16 North was blocked during the emergency effort.
Roland’s father coaches wrestling at West Wilkes High School, the trooper noted.
Anderson said the wreck was caused by excessive speed and foggy conditions.