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Dale Earnhardt Jr Crashes on a Wintry Southern Road

Dale Earnhardt Jr Crashes on a Wintry Southern Road

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is surrounded upon getting out of his car after a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (Darryl Graham/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 18 January 2018 11:13 AM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. reportedly crashed into a tree, minutes after helping a car caught in a snowy ditch along a wintry Southern Road in North Carolina.

The recently retired NASCAR driver had stopped to help the driver of a sedan, who had veered off the road and into a ditch but, once back in his own pickup truck, Earnhardt drifted off the icy road and collided into a pine tree, CBS News reported.

He tweeted about the ordeal, urging drivers to be cautious in the snowy conditions and reassuring followers that he was "all good" and that his vehicle "probably just needs a new alignment."

Earnhardt admitted that he had been driving too fast in the snow and had been "a bit of a fool."

Not long after his collision, the Hall of Famer came across a police car that appeared to have spun out of control and was resting sideways near a ditch.

Earnhardt said he and three other good Samaritans pushed the car to safety before heading home.

A spokesperson confirmed the incident, noting per CBS News that Earnhardt did not sustain any injuries and that his pickup truck had only minor damage.

Wednesday saw snow fall across southeastern Texas all the way to western Massachusetts and up to four inches could still be dumped across central North Carolina.

The icy collisions have proven treacherous for drivers, with The Charlotte Observer reporting more than 500 crashes across North Carolina by noon on Wednesday, and police responding to more than 140 wrecks directly related to the snow.

Snowfall and freezing temperatures could last into Thursday, and WBTV reported that black ice was likely in the morning.

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