Benson Teen Injured In Crash

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WRECK SCENE

By MELODY BROWN-PEYTON

Of The Record Staff

Autumn Tart, 17, of Raynor Road, Benson, was traveling on Jonesboro Road when she lost control of her 1989 Nissan Maxima and ran off the road, hitting a tree.

She was pinned in her car and had to be cut out. It took medical personnel 40 minutes to get her out. She suffered a broken leg and broken ankle and was transported to Wake Med in Raleigh.

N.C. State Highway Patrol Trooper Ricky Johnson estimated that Ms. Tart was traveling at speeds between 55 and 60 mph. She was wearing her seat belt.

Ms. Tart was on her way to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Dunn. She is an 11th grade student at South Johnston High School.

Her dad, Jeremy, fought back tears as he described the kind person his daughter is. He said a prayer, thanking God his daughter is alive. Her vehicle is a total loss. Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Mike Blackmon said Ms. Tart volunteers with the ReStore. “She has a big heart and a bright smile that brightens everyone’s day,” he said.

Family and friends arrived at the scene of the crash of 17-year-old Autumn Tart of Raynor Road, Benson. Traveling along Jonesboro Road, Dunn, Ms.Tart loss control of her 1989 Nissan Maxima and hit a tree.

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Medical personnel transported Autumn Tart after she crashed her car along Jonesboro Road. She suffered a broken leg and broken ankle. Ms. Tart was transported to Wake Med in Raleigh. She is an 11th-grade student at South Johnston High School. Her vehicle is a total loss.

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