Pickup erupts into flames after crashing into ditch in washed out Zebulon road

Wake County News

ZEBULON, N.C. (WNCN) – Three people were injured in a fiery single-vehicle crash Monday night, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Troopers say the crashed happened on the closed Mitchell Mill Road near Bad News Drive in Zebulon shortly before midnight.

Troopers say a Ford pickup truck driver ignored posted road warning signs about the road closure and crashed into a hole in the roadway.

When emergency crews arrived on scene, they located the driver and his male passenger in Penny Hill Lake.

Ayza Alston, a navy veteran, helped rescue her boyfriend and the driver of a burning pickup truck.

“As soon as I saw the truck it burst into flames, I immediately jumped out. I called my boyfriend’s name and jumped in to go and get them,” Alson said. “I went to grab him and get him away from the truck and told him to take the mud and put it on your burn wounds, but you need to get behind his wall because his truck is going to blow.”

Ayza Alston describes saving her boyfriend and the driver of the truck.

The driver of the pickup was transported to WakeMed.

Alston said the men had just got off work. She followed close behind and noticed the driver crossed two “road closed” signs 

“That car could’ve blew up with his brother in it. it could’ve blew up with my boyfriend hanging out of the window,” Alson said.  

Both the passenger in the pickup and Alston were transported to Jaycee Burn Center at UNC.

Alston is upset with the driver’s decision to travel on a closed road, but glad she was nearby to help 

“The bottom line I needed to get two people out of a burning vehicle otherwise they could die, even though I could possibly died too but I just needed to get them out of this truck,” she said.

Police suspect alcohol may be involved.

No charges have been filed at this time.

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