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Head-on crash shuts down U.S. 501

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Last Friday Person County dispatchers sent emergency workers to northbound U.S. 501 at 4:25 p.m. after receiving a phone call regarding a head-on collision.

Timberlake Volunteer Fire Department arrived five minutes after receiving the call.

Mark Hall, 43, of Roxboro was driving a pickup truck and Ginger Stanhope, 77, of Rougemont, was driving a blue van.

According to Timberlake Fire Chief Jason Fletcher, both Hall and Stanhope were safely out of their vehicles when firefighters arrived on the scene.

Hall was walking around his vehicle when emergency workers arrived at the scene after sustaining a small laceration to his head.

“I was riding in front of this truck and all of the sudden I looked up and the van was going down the wrong side of the highway on our side. The van just hit the white truck head on. The guy was able to walk away but he did have some bleeding from his head,” said Bridget Fagala who witnessed the crash.

Volunteer firefighters worked alongside Person County EMS, Person County Sheriff’s Department, Roxboro-Person County Rescue Squad and Roxboro Police Department.

Emergency crews arrived to find one vehicle turned on its side and the other damaged sitting on the grass median of heavy front end damage.

The vehicles came to rest about 300 feet from each other.

Person County EMS transported both patients to nearby hospitals.

Hall was taken to UNC Hospital in Hillsborough and Stanhope was taken to Duke Hospital.

Fletcher said firefighters cleaned up the fluid leaks from both of the vehicles and reopened northbound lane of U.S. 501 at 5:39 p.m.

Stanhope has been charged with driving on the wrong side of the highway.

Both Hall and Stanhope sustained minor injuries at the scene and have been released from the hospital.

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