2008-05-02 / Front Page

NOT AGAIN

Thursday crash the fourth that's ended on lawn of Adkins family
By TIM GULLA Ledger Staff Writer tim@gaffneyledger.com

Ledger photo / TIM GULLA A Mooresboro, N.C., woman's car came to rest in the yard of Paul and Nancy Adkins on Bonner Road after it flipped several times Thursday. Ledger photo / TIM GULLA A Mooresboro, N.C., woman's car came to rest in the yard of Paul and Nancy Adkins on Bonner Road after it flipped several times Thursday. Racing to their front yard early Thursday evening after hearing the chilling sounds of screeching tires and a car flipping over and over, Paul and Nancy Adkins found what was left of a Chevrolet in their driveway.

A short distance away from the pancaked vehicle, a Mooresboro, N.C., woman lay injured on the ground, having been ejected during the violent wreck.

"He went to her immediately," Nancy said of her husband. "He kept her calm and comforted her until other help could get here."

Paul Adkins has seen many wrecks before, having served as chief of the Volusia County Fire Department in Florida and retiring from firefighting after a 30-year career. But both he and his wife said wrecks are becoming an all-too-frequent occurrence on Bonner Road.

The Thursday evening crash was the fourth wreck to end up in their front yard and, they said, the worst to date.

Their home is situated a short distance away from a bend in Bonner Road and the Potter Road intersection. A sign down the road from their house advises motorists to slow to 45 mph through the stretch.

"We've been trying to get a stop sign down here at Potter Road," Nancy said. "But no one will listen."

Paul couldn't tell how badly the woman was injured. She was unconscious when he initially ran to her but she woke up a few minutes later. She had injuries on her arms, scalp and face, he said, plus a bruise across her back.

Emergency responders initially had the Regional One helicopter from Spartanburg Regional Medical Center on standby, but called it off after they determined the woman could be transported by ambulance.

Her condition wasn't immediately available.

Neither Paul nor Nancy knew at what point the woman was thrown from her car. Skid marks were visible in the roadway near the Potter Road intersection and a trail of car parts and gouges in the ground ran through the Adkins' front yard.

It was believed the car flipped four to six times, at one point striking a tree in the Adkins' yard, leaving a large scar on the tree roughly seven or eight feet off the ground.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the wreck.

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