Gravel, a mailbox, mud, a cedar tree, and natural gas made for a wild afternoon on Jess Lyons Rd last Saturday shortly before 2:00 pm. Jason R. McClung was driving his parents’ blue 2002 Saturn L20 southeast on Jess Lyons Rd near the Champion Rd intersection when he veered onto the gravel shoulder of the road. McClung attempted to correct the mistake but lost control of the vehicle, now traveling sideways down Jess Lyons. The Saturn left two tire marks on the pavement before it left the road, plowed through the mailbox at 2498 Jess Lyons Rd, spun around and nose-dived into the ditch flipping over and striking a cedar tree with the rear bumper. The car hit the tree hard enough to bend it around the trunk into a “V” shape and all of the cargo was strewn around the base of the tree. With the car upside down in a ditch, McClung freed himself and climbed from the top unharmed.
McClung crashed into the ditch so hard that an underground Caledonia Gas line burst and spewed gas and mud five feet into the air. Caledonia Gas arrived quickly and stopped the leak.
McClung’s car was removed from the ditch and flipped back over. Passer-bys exclaimed in disbelief that McClung was walking around after an accident like that.