BEAUFORT — A white pickup truck ran off Highway 101 Thursday night and ended up in a nearby canal, resulting in injuries to the driver.  

Crews responded to the emergency call around 9:19 p.m. for a motor vehicle collision along Highway 101. Beaufort Fire/EMS Capt. Jack Fleeman said Friday department personnel, the Beaufort EMS Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol responded, finding a white pickup truck off the road and in the canal near the intersection of Highway 101 and Lake Road. The driver was trapped inside.

Capt. Fleeman said the driver was extracted from the vehicle within a few minutes of first responders’ arrival.

“They were unconscious when they were removed from the vehicle,” Capt. Fleeman said. “They were given medical treatment by Beaufort EMS and transported to Carteret Health Care in critical condition.”

As of Friday morning, Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident.


This is a developing report.


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This is the second death and risk to our first responders, that I have witnessed in less than two years, having to pull a driver that ended up in Wading Creek. It is a tidal creek that gets about 4-6 ft deep. Up the road in lesser water and more so what is a canal there are road barriers. Something needs to be done. It’s painful to see the tragedy here as well as the danger to our first responders. I believe one lost a finger trying to pull a driver out of the creek. We have seen drivers excessive speeds on the double blind curve in this spot. I believe the 35 MPH needs to start at the first water area or canal up the road and not by the airport. Additionally, a guardrail must be installed for the safety of all. Most people drive so fast they miss seeing there is a beautiful creek here. Also the River keeper needs to come out after an accident like this. All around, an accident may not be preventable and maybe, just maybe, the loss of a life might, by a guardrail.

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