N.C. State Patrol: Driver 'lucky to be alive' after pulling out in front of semi

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line associate editor | 7/28/2016

Authorities say a North Carolina motorist is fortunate to have escaped with his life after he pulled out in front of a tractor-trailer and was dragged hundreds of feet down the roadway.

Forrest Rich, 22, of Rutherford College, N.C., managed to avoid any serious injuries after his Crown Victoria was pinned underneath the rear tires of a dry van trailer and dragged nearly 200 feet, according to a report in The Morgantown News Herald. The crash occurred at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26.

“That gentleman is lucky to be alive. And if he’d had a passenger, they’d have been dead right there,” North Carolina State Highway Patrol Sgt. Brian Joines said in a phone interview with Land Line.

Joines said Rich was reportedly at a stop on a street in Rutherford College and attempting to turn left onto another street, when he pulled out in front of the trailer of an oncoming semi. The driver of the tractor was not injured.

“The driver of the car was looking one way, and he didn’t look the opposite way, pulling right in front of the tractor trailer,” Joines said. “Right under the rear tires.”

Joines said an investigation is still ongoing, but that Rich is expected to be cited for unsafe movement, and potentially failure to yield as well. He said there was no indication Rich was operating under the influence at the time of the crash.

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