According to published reports, the N.C. State Highway Patrol responded to an accident in Drexel at about 11:15 Monday morning. A telephone pole was snapped and a payphone was destroyed when they were hit by a purple Hyundai Sonata driven by Morgan Baker.
The Hyundai was traveling north on Drexel Road when the driver attempted to make a right turn onto U.S. 70 East. Baker accelerated through the turn in order to avoid a collision with a van that was attempting to turn left onto U.S. 70 East. Baker told Troopers she thought the van was going to sideswipe her. The Hyundai then ran off the right side of the road. When Baker attempted to apply the brakes, she inadvertently hit the accelerator and drove into the payphone and the pole.
The car came to a rest on top of the payphone in a gas station parking lot on Highway 70 E. with the telephone pole across the car’s hood.
Baker’s injuries were described as non-life-threatening. The vehicle was said to be a total loss. Damage to the pole, owned by CenturyLink, was estimated at $1,000. No one lost power as a result of the accident.
Baker was charged with failure to maintain lane control.
In addition to the Highway Patrol, Triple Community Fire & Rescue and Burke County Emergency Services responded to the crash scene.
Workers from CenturyLink and Wells & Seals Towing helped extract the Hyundai from beneath the pole.