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Man Crashes U-Haul Vehicle into Car, Train

A Thomasville man is facing drunk driving charges after he hit a car and train in separate incidents in Salisbury.

Details about the Double Accident

According to the Salisbury Post, a Thomasville man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after he was involved in two different collisions in different Rowan County towns.

Christopher Boles of Thomasville allegedly tried to flee the scene of an accident that occurred on U.S. 52 in Rockwell just before being involved in another collision with a train in China Grove. According to the Salisbury Post, no one was injured in either incident.

State Trooper Robert Charubini said that Boles would be charged with reckless driving, driving with an open container of alcohol, and for driving while intoxicated.

Once responders arrived at the scene in China Grove, Boles’ vehicle, a U-Haul truck, was found on the gravel embankment next to the railroad tracks. A train that was passing on the railroad tracks ripped off a large portion of the U-Haul truck’s front grille.

According to State Trooper Charubini, Boles tried to cross the railroad tracks through an I-85 service road to Ethel Lane behind Johnson’s Restaurant, where there was no designated railroad crossing.

Boles told state troopers he was driving from Greensboro, according to state troopers who responded to the scene.

Statistics about Drunk Driving Accidents

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD):

  • The rate of drunk driving is the highest among 21 to 25 year olds.
  • Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash.
  • On average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.
  • Every day in America, another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.

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