2 injured in Marion wreck, rollover

This Ford Mustang was found overturned in an embankment following a motor vehicle collision Tuesday evening


Two people were taken to the hospital after a wreck in Marion sent one car rolling into an embankment.

At approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday, emergency units responded to the intersection of Fairview Road and Toney Drive after receiving reports of a vehicle overturned in an embankment following a collision.

Marion and Nebo fire departments, McDowell EMS, McDowell Rescue Squad and the N.C. Highway Patrol responded to the call.

According to NCHP Trooper Kirk Hensley, a 2002 Jeep Liberty – driven by 82-year-old Harold Woelsel of Nebo – was traveling eastbound on Fairview Road and attempted to turn onto Toney Drive.

The Jeep, Hensley says, failed to yield the right of way to an oncoming 1998 Ford Mustang, driven by 18-year-old Dalton Bartlett of Nebo.

“The Mustang and the Jeep collided in the left bound lane on Fairview, and the Mustang drove into the embankment and overturned,” said Hensley.

Emergency radio initially reported a possible ejection from the Mustang, but this was later determined to be a pin-in.

Bartlett and his passenger – 54-year-old Elvis King of Nebo – were transported to McDowell Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Woelsel was charged with failure to yield right of way, according to Hensley.

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