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Even Dale Earnhardt Jr. Skids And Rams Tree In Snowstorm

Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashed into a tree minutes after helping another driver out of a snow-filled ditch.
Ross D. Franklin
Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashed into a tree minutes after helping another driver out of a snow-filled ditch.

Former NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. found out even the best drivers may have to stay off the roads in a snowstorm.

Wednesday morning after he helped pull another car out of a ditch, his pickup skidded off the road and rammed into a tree.

On Twitter Earnhardt said he lost control of his truck on a snow-covered road and warned other North Carolina drivers to avoid his fate. "[North Carolina] stay off the roads today/tonight. 5 minutes after helping these folks I center punched a pine tree," he wrote.

But fans need not worry about the Hall of Famer. "All good," he said. "Probably just needs new alignment."

A storm left a blanket of snow over North and South Carolina and Georgia. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declareda state of emergency in advance of the storm. AccuWeather reportedthe snowstorm caused over 500 collisions in the state.

Earnhardt's accident came a day after the former NASCAR star announcedhe will be covering the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on NBC.

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Vanessa Romo is a reporter for NPR's News Desk. She covers breaking news on a wide range of topics, weighing in daily on everything from immigration and the treatment of migrant children, to a war-crimes trial where a witness claimed he was the actual killer, to an alleged sex cult. She has also covered the occasional cat-clinging-to-the-hood-of-a-car story.