Two people suffered severe injuries in a collision near Candor, North Carolina, at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday Sept. 1, 2010. A young mother, Amber Phillips, 19, of Star, N.C., was air-lifted to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill following the crash.

The wreck occurred when a 2000 Ford minivan being driven north on Cole Road by Randall Lamonds, 48, of Biscoe, crossed the center line. According to the Highway Patrol, the van struck the left front of Phillips’ 1979 Chevrolet pickup. Lamonds’ vehicle came to rest in the southbound lane. Phillips’ truck came to rest on the shoulder.

 Her 3-month-old son was secure in his car seat and was not injured.

Lamonds was transported by ambulance to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, according to Trooper Dale Walter, who investigated the accident.

Walter said Phillips was stable at the scene. Lamonds, who was charged with traveling left of center, was in stable condition at FirstHealth, a spokesman said.

The child was taken home by his grandmother.

We can be thankful that this wreck did not result in even worse injuries. Both Phillips and Lamonds were wearing their seat belts, the investigating trooper said, and a secure car seat left the baby unscathed.

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