WEST JEFFERSON-Sometimes it pays to be in the right place at the right time.
Just ask Marty Bost, a Crumpler man whose Ford pickup likely kept a three car accident in West Jefferson Friday morning from turning out much worse than it did.
“They say you can be at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Bost said. “I think maybe I was at the right place at the right time.”
According to North Carolina State Trooper Jason Brown, Parker Shelton, 19, of West Jefferson, turned right off of Ashe Campus Drive in a 2006 Toyota Tacoma onto US-221N in front of Grant Hopkins, 73, of West Jefferson. Hopkins was also traveling north in a 1979 Ford van when he was struck by Shelton.
“The van went up on two wheels and was likely on the way to flipping over when it struck vehicle number three, a Ford pickup driven by (Bost),” Brown said.
Bost, traveling south on US-221, was stopped and waiting to turn left onto Campus Drive, Brown said. The impact with Bost’s Ford stopped Hopkins from rolling over and allowed Hopkins to pull off onto the shoulder of the road, Brown said.
“Impacting Bost where he did probably saved Hopkins from rolling over,” Brown said.
Impact dents were clearly visible on the upper rear passenger side of Hopkin’s van and the driver’s side of Bost’s truck bed.
“It was laid plum over right here on my bed, laying sideways and (Hopkins) had started to roll,” Bost said. “I didn’t even know what’d happened until, really, it was over. I felt something push my truck five or six inches to the left and looked in my rear view mirror and watched the van go behind me. But the way it hit me, it threw him back on all four wheels. I hate to think what would’ve happened if he’d kept going. There were other cars coming behind me and I think he would have rolled right into them.”
Brown said Hopkins only suffered very light injuries in the accident. The other two men were uninjured.
Brown confirmed it’s been “a while,” since he’s worked an accident scene as unusual as Friday’s, as did West Jefferson Police Chief Jeff Rose, who spent nearly his entire career with the NCHP before taking the top cop job in West Jefferson.
“I can honestly say it’s been a long, long time since I’ve seen anything quite like this,” Rose said Friday afternoon.
Brown said Shelton would be cited for failure to yield.
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