• College student injured after flipping car on way to class

    By: Ken Lemon

    Updated:

    GASTON COUNTY, N.C. - A Gaston College student was driving to class Thursday when she lost control of her car and flipped it on Highway 321.
     
    She said she was looking in the rearview mirror when the car started sliding off the road when the driver’s side smashed into a concrete support beam.
     
    The car came to a rest upside down and troopers said it is amazing it didn’t continue into the path of a car driven by Chris Aguilar.
    "I had to swerve a little bit to avoid her muffler flying across the highway," Aguilar said.
     
    He saw the Honda tumbling as it bounced off the thick support beam.
     
    "It was kind of horrific. It’s kind of traumatic," Aguilar said.
     
    Teresa Rudisill heard the driver calling out for help as she pulled up to the scene.
     
    "I heard her screaming, hollering, 'Help me. Please help me.'  So I pulled over and got a blanket out of the back of my car," Rudisill said.
     
    She was upside down and still buckled in and the car’s roof was crushed.
     
    Firefighters had to pry her door off to get her out.

    Aguilar and Rudisill stayed until an ambulance took her away.
     
    "I was just concerned,” Aguilar said. “She seemed pretty young and she was screaming for help and I just couldn't leave her."
     
    "She is pretty fortunate,” said Trooper J.L. Hall.
     
    Troopers did not release the driver’s name but she was conscious and alert.    


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