ABERDEEN — A two-vehicle collision on Saturday seriously injured one person in a passenger car while sending a pickup through the front entrance of a Verizon retail store in Aberdeen.
A second victim, one of the passengers in the Ford F-250 truck, was taken by ambulance to the FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital with what were said to be non-life threatening injuries.
Emergency responders were dispatched at 8:58 p.m. to a reported vehicle accident on U.S. 15-501 in the area of the Cook Out restaurant. The Verizon store is at 11088 U.S. 15-501.
The first-arriving fire units reported a passenger car with heavy damage and a truck that had plowed into the Verizon store.
The driver of the Ford Focus passenger vehicle was transported from the scene to FirstHealth Moore Regional. According to a fire official at the scene, a helicopter had been requested to assist with the call but one was not available due to weather conditions.
The southbound lane of U.S. 15-501 was blocked for an extended time period so emergency personnel could attend to an injured victim and debris could be removed from the roadway.
Responding to the accident were units with Aberdeen Fire and Rescue, Southern Pines Fire and Rescue, Moore County Emergency Medical Services, and the Aberdeen and Southern Pines police departments.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation.