Photo by Sue Watson
Holly Springs firefighters insert an inflatable bag to lift the vehicle off the gas main. For more photos from the accident, see page 13.
Car crashes into back of building
Businesses on one side of the square in Holly Springs, near the North Center Street alley, were without power Thursday, July 6, for about 30 minutes just after noon.
The driver of a vehicle lost control after striking a van, then hit a red car and ricocheted off into the back door area of Brittenum and Son Funeral Home, according to officer Latron Tate with the Holly Springs Police Department.
What was unusual about the accident was the aftermath. The vehicle, driven by Oscar Bowen Jr., struck the gas service main on impact.
Holly Springs Utility Department crews first secured the area, jacked up the car with an inflatable air bag and turned off the gas at the meter.
After the gas valve was turned off, HSUD power crews came in and disconnected the electric meter and electric supply line from the weather head. Both were left dangling from the broken brick wall in the aftermath of the accident.
Then two tow trucks pulled away the cars.
MedStat Ambulance Service was on the scene giving first aid to Bowen and later transported him for medical assistance.
First responders were on the scene, as well as power and natural gas crews, for about an hour and a half.