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Woman airlifted after car crash

Above, emergency workers assist an elderly woman whose car ran off Vashti Road, down an embankment, and into a shallow creek on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015.

Updated Sept. 14, 12:05 p.m.


A woman from the Vashti Community was severely injured on Friday morning, Sept. 11, when her car ran off a rural road and into a shallow creek, a very short distance from her home.

According to Trooper G.D. Jones of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred on Vashti Road about 4 miles from the intersection with NC 16. The driver is identified as Brenda Smith, age 71 of Vashti Road, who was driving an older model Toyota Camry sedan. 

There were no passengers in the car.

The car was traveling southeast on Vashti Road in the 4200 block shortly before 11 a.m. when it ran off onto the right shoulder, going down a 20-foot embankment and into a shallow creek, coming to rest on its wheels in water approximately six inches deep.

According to emergency radio traffic, Smith suffered injuries to her left side, including multiple fractures.

Vashti Volunteer Fire Dept., Sugar Loaf Volunteer Fire Dept., Alexander County EMS, and Alexander Rescue Squad responded to the scene. Jones was assisted by Trooper S.L. Staley of the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

Several of Smith's family members, including her husband, Rev. Bill Smith, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Vashti, also responded to the scene.

Alexander County EMS transported Mrs. Smith to the Vashti Community Ballfield, where she was then airlifted to a hospital, said Jones. Family members told The Times that Mrs. Smith was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem for treatment. She suffered eleven broken ribs, a broken sternum, broken left arm and ankle.


Visitor Comments

Submitted By: WandaSubmitted: 9/11/2015
Praying for a quick recovery.

Submitted By: Chad SmithSubmitted: 9/11/2015
She was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist medical center. She suffered a broken left arm and ankle. Also, eleven broken ribs as well as the sternum. Please pray for her.

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