A 16-year-old Halifax County youth, Peyton Lowery of Virgilina, was airlifted to Duke University Medical Center with injuries she received in a single-vehicle wreck in the 5000 block of Mountain Road on Friday night.
Lowery was driving a 1998 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck in the eastbound lane of Mountain Road near Swain Road around 10 p.m., when she lost control of the vehicle after hitting a pothole and went off the side of the road, jumping a ditch and traveling approximately 30 yards into the woods, according to her father, Wayne Lowery.
The victim, who was wearing her seatbelt, was trapped in the truck for over an hour, with rescue crews extricating Lowery through the back window of the truck and airlifting her to Duke, according to her father.
Peyton Lowery suffered a broken leg and also had a three-inch gash to the forehead, according to her father.
Oak Level Volunteer Fire Department was among the rescue personnel who responded to the Friday night wreck.
“I want to thank the rescue crews who responded to the wreck and also the life flight crew,” said Lowery, who anticipates his daughter will be released from the hospital on Monday.