Troopers were still trying to determine what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle and drive through a utility pole before coming to rest in the yard of a homeowner.


Troopers were investigating Friday afternoon what caused a driver to lose control of a vehicle, drive through a utility pole and land in the yard of a private residence.

Emergency crews were called out to a home at 4921 U.S. Highway 70 West in reference to a single-car crash involving a male and female occupants.

Radio traffic indicated that the occupants of the white Ford Fusion were not entrapped, but one was unconscious.

Trooper Michael Childres of the N.C. Highway Patrol said the driver was travelling west when the vehicle moved left of center and struck a utility pole, sending it into the front yard of a home.

Preliminary investigation proved there was no mechanical failure and that the driver of the vehicle did not try to stop, according to Childres.

Both people were transported to Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville with non-life threatening injuries.

Childres said charges are pending the outcome of an investigation. Troopers had not released the names of the victims on Friday afternoon.

The N.C. Highway Patrol, P.G. Fire Department, McDowell EMS, McDowell Rescue and first responders assisted at the accident.