Woman pinned in after U.S. 74 wreck

Jan. 04, 2013 @ 05:16 PM

A three-car wreck on Highway 74 at the intersection of Dickerson Boulevard in Monroe led to a woman being cut out of her vehicle and rushed to Carolinas Medical Center-Union.

About 2 p.m., Monroe police, firefighters and Union EMS responded to the scene in which a woman driving a Ford Focus was pinned in her vehicle after being hit by a Honda and a GMC pickup truck.

The woman had been heading west on 74 prior to the wreck and was attempting to make a left turn when her vehicle was hit first by the Honda and then by the GMC pickup truck. At the time, the light for the turning lane was red but the Focus driver turned with the green light for the straight lane, John Jackson, an accident reconstructionist with the Monroe Police Department, said.

The woman was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte with serious injuries and two medium-sized dogs, who were riding in the car with her, were picked up by Animal Control, he said.

"I didn't have time to hit brakes," James Loftin, the driver of the pickup truck that collided with the Focus, said.

He had just left the bank and was headed to pay his cable bill when he suddenly saw the Focus. At the time he had a green light and didn't see where the Focus came from, Loftin said.

Friday afternoon information was still being gathered from those involved. Part of Highway 74 was shut down for a short time after the wreck but reopened after everything was cleaned up.