ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County man was airlifted early Friday afternoon following a single-vehicle crash.
Emergency crews were dispatched to a wreck on Cartledge Creek Road, between Dave Kings Road and Crestview Drive, around 1:42 p.m., according to a Facebook post from the Ellerbe Rescue Squad.
The driver, a 79-year-old man from Rockingham, was travelling south on Cartledge Creek Road when he ran his Toyota pickup truck off the road to the right, hitting a wire fence and fence post before colliding with a utility pole, according to Trooper A. Oxendine with the N.C. State Highway Patrol.
The parking lot of Beverly Hills Baptist Church was used as a landing zone and Partin was airlifted to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.
The trooper was not sure what type of injuries Partin sustained or what caused him to run off the road, but did say neither speed, alcohol or drugs were factors.
The wreck is still under investigation.
Cordova Fire and Rescue, Northside Fire Department and FirstHealth EMS also responded.
Note: The name has been removed as family members are still being notified, although it was released by the Highway Patrol. 6:54 p.m.