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STANTONSBURG — A man was hospitalized Tuesday afternoon when his car overturned and hit a barn.
James Parrot, 66, was driving a 2003 Honda Accord on Woodbridge Road toward Stantonsburg when he ran off the right side of the road, flipped and struck an old packhouse, according to Chief Orlando Rosario Jr., of the Stantonsburg Police Department.
The single-car wreck happened just before 1:10 p.m.
“The driver of the vehicle lost control of his vehicle, flipping his vehicle approximately three times end-over-end and then ending up on the passenger side of the vehicle,” Rosario said.
Stantonsburg Station 3 and Northeast Fire Department Station 3, from Wayne County, responded and extricated Parrot from his vehicle.
Wilson EMS took Parrot to Wilson Memorial Hospital for treatment.
“He wasn’t audible when I made contact with him but it looked like he just went off the road to the right and hit that ditch, flipping bumper-to-bumper, and ended up on his side on the barn,” Rosario said.
Rosario said it took more than 25 minutes to remove Parrot from the vehicle
“They were cutting away at the vehicle with the jaws of life,” Rosario said.
The car ripped several slats off of the side of the red packhouse.
According to Richard Aycock, the packhouse is owned by his father, Steve Aycock.
“This barn’s probably been here 100 years or more,” Aycock said.
“I just want to applaud the first responders of Stantonsburg Station 3 and Northeast Fire Department Station 3 for doing a phenomenal job,” Rosario said. “I have worked law enforcement 17 years. I have worked hundreds of traffic collisions and this has got to be one of the best team efforts, collaboration of two different departments from two different counties to be able to get together and link up and sync up the way they did it. That was very impressive.”
The vehicle, which came to rest with its front and rear wheels resting on the side of the barn, was chained to the side of the structure so as to allow rescuers to extricate Parrot without the car tipping over.