Three injured in Bethel accident

By Vicki Hyatt | Aug 27, 2013
Photo by: Vicki Hyatt The driver of this vehicle had to be extricated after an accident Tuesday evening. Don Pless, fire chief at Center Pigeon said all four doors and the roof had to be cut off to get the driver out.

A Tuesday accident on N.C. 110 near the intersection of Murray Road injured the drivers of three vehicles, two of whom were transported to Mission Hospital and another who was taken to MedWest-Haywood.

The crash occurred when the driver of a silver Crown Victoria dozed off at the wheel while traveling toward Love Joy Road and crossed the center line, said Sgt. Roger Smith with the N.C. Highway Patrol.

The driver then struck a gold Ford Mustang and then collided with a black Jeep head-on. The drivers of the Jeep and the Crown Victoria were transported to Mission and the driver of the Mustang was taken to MedWest-Haywood for treatment.

Smith said the three vehicles involved in the crash were so damaged they weren't driveable.

Bystanders reported hearing the crash, some from more than a mile away.

"I live across from Silver Bluff and I heard it all the way over there," said J.L. Parham.

Pockets of neighbors watched from their yards as emergency workers worked to help the injured and clear the scene.