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Man walks miles for help after truck accident

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CALDWELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

A Caldwell County man may have walked as far as 18 miles overnight before he found a place where he could call for help after a traffic accident.

Phillip Holman was one of three people in a pickup truck that was traveling up a forest service road in Northwestern Caldwell County when it went off the road and 60 feet down the hillside into a ravine. Holman and a woman were able to get out of the wreckage, but one man, who has not been identified, had serious injuries to his back, neck and rib cage.

Their cell phones could not pick up any service and in the pitch darkness, they felt it was too dangerous to hike anywhere but on the road. Holman said he felt he needed to walk out to try to get some help while the woman stayed behind with the injured man.

By mid-morning, Holman had reached a country store and was able to call his mother. "He told me he had been walking for ten hours," said Donna Holman.

At the same time, the woman who had been at the scene could see a path up a hillside and hike along it and tried her cell phone. Eventually she got a signal so she called for help as well.

The injured man was taken by ambulance to Caldwell Memorial Hospital where a medical helicopter was waiting to take him to a trauma center in Tennessee. The man's injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

North Carolina Troopers are investigating the accident but have not had a chance to speak with everyone who was inside the vehicle at the time of the wreck. They want to find out exactly how the accident happened and what the trio was doing on such a desolate road at midnight.

In any case, authorities say the group was lucky because it can be days in between traffic on the forest road they were on. "If no one could have walked out, there's a chance no one would have found them," said one rescuer.

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