BENSON – One day after a motorist was seriously injured in a traffic accident in southern Johnston County, the NC Department of Transportation sent crews to the site to make improvements.
On Tuesday, a female motorist was traveling southbound on Highway 50 near Holly Grove Road, when the drifted off the roadway onto the shoulder. The right tires dropped into a washed out area next to the pavement. The driver overcorrected, crossed the centerline, struck a ditch on the left, and overturned. She was pinned inside her white SUV and had to be cut from the wreckage by the Meadow Fire Department.
The State Highway Patrol told The Johnston County Report the washed out area, approximately six inches deep and 100 foot long, contributed to the crash.
On Wednesday, the NC Department of Transportation sent crews to the site to fill in the rut.
Andrew Barksdale, Public Relations Officer for the NCDOT said, “These kind of ruts along the side of the road can form over time due to weather, and we’ll repair them as soon as we are aware of them.”
A nearby resident said a car drove into the gulley about a week earlier and landed in the ditch. They said there have been several close calls from drivers who nearly lost control after running into the washed out area.
There is no update on the condition of the driver involved in Tuesday’s accident.