Driver ejected from car in morning wreck

The driver of this 2001 Mazda Protégé was ejected from his vehicle early Monday morning


A driver was ejected from his vehicle and flown to the trauma center in critical condition following a wreck early Monday morning.

At approximately 6:13 a.m. Monday morning, emergency units and law enforcement responded to Toms Creek Road near US 221 North after receiving reports of a single-vehicle wreck with ejection.

According to Master Trooper Glenn Tupper of the NC Highway Patrol, a 2001 Mazda Protégé - driven by Christopher Joseph Snyder of Marion – was traveling eastbound on Toms Creek Road when it struck a culvert, flipped, struck a power pole and landed on the grass, while the driver was ejected through the windshield.

Tupper confirmed that the driver had not been wearing a seat belt at the time of the incident, leading to his ejection. The trooper also said that high rate of speed was not considered a mitigating factor, while impairment has not been confirmed as of 2:30 p.m. Monday. Charges are pending in the wreck.

EMS paramedics transported Snyder to a landing zone, established at Peebles, where MAMA airlifted the patient to Mission Trauma Center in critical condition, according to Emergency Services Director William Kehler.

Woodlawn-Sevier Fire Department, McDowell EMS, McDowell Rescue Squad, MAMA and NCHP responded to the incident.

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