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Wreck seriously injures Cluster Springs woman

A 26-year-old Cluster Springs woman is in serious condition at Duke Medical Center after being ejected from a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix in a two-vehicle wreck that occurred Friday on Highway 501 at its intersection with State Route 759, according to an accident report filed by investigating State Trooper J. R. Abbott.

Lashaz Shanta Crawley was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected suffering serious injuries when she made a right turn onto Highway 501 from State Route 759 striking the side of a loaded logging truck driven by 59-year-old Charles William Mitchell of Halifax.

The impact caused Crawley’s Pontiac to overturn ejecting the driver when the vehicle went off the right side of the road in front of Cluster Springs Elementary School at 4:35 p.m., the report stated. Duke Life Flight airlifted Crawley to Duke Medical Center.

Mitchell, who was wearing a seatbelt, was driving a 2006 Kenworth tractor-trailer loaded with logs but was not injured in the wreck, Abbott said.

Charges are pending against Crawley.

Damage to the trailer was estimated at $500, and the Pontiac was listed as a total loss, the investigating trooper said.

Another two-vehicle wreck involving a motorcycle occurred in the northern portion of the county Saturday night, and the motorcycle operator was airlifted from the scene, authorities said.

No further details were available at press time Sunday evening.