THURMOND, N.C. — A tractor-trailer ran off the road and narrowly avoided crashing into a house, causing both to catch fire on Highway 21 in Thurmond. The driver hit a tree in the front yard and truck bursted into flames.  

The accident happened Thursday morning when another tractor-trailer ran the driver off the road, according to authorities. The tractor-trailer then slammed into a tree in front of a house, igniting a fire. At least two people inside the house were able to get out safely. 

Tractor Trailer and house fire in Wilkes County
Tractor Trailer crashes and burns near house that also catches fire in Wilkes Co.
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The driver, Jeffery Reed, was taken to an Elkin hospital with a knee injury. Reed is expected to be okay.

Fire crews with the Storm Hill Fire Department worked quickly to put out the blaze. The tractor-trailer was carrying water.

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The house is beside the Dollar General store at the intersection of the highway and Roaring Gap Road.

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