By Jessie Burchette
A Saturday night fishing trip to High Rock Lake ended tragically with one man dead and others hospitalized.
Law enforcement and emergency personnel faced a language barrier. None of the men spoke English.
And a deputy sheriff trying to manage traffic near the wreck scene almost got hit by a vehicle.
The four High Point residents were in a single-vehicle accident shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday night on Bringle Ferry Road near the intersection with Surrat Road.
Than Naugh of Steele Street died Sunday night around 10 p.m. at High Point Regional Medical Center.
Trooper D.R. Morgan of the N.C. Highway Patrol said Naugh was initially taken by Rowan EMS to Rowan Regional Medical Center. He was treated and released.
After going home, Naugh's condition deteriorated and he apparently went into shock.
He was being taken to surgery when he died.
Another one of the occupants, Eh Htoo, 31, of Drew Avenue, was airlifted from the wreck scene to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
A hospital spokesman said late Wednesday Htoo was in fair condition.
A third person, Kyaw Lay Day, 25, of Hamilton Street, was also treated at Rowan Regional Medical Center.
Trooper Morgan said the three passengers, along with the driver, Hla Win Kyi, 34, of 939 Council St., were in a 1994 Nissan going southeast toward the county line.
Morgan said the vehicle entered a bad curve and just "straightened out the curve," leaving impressions in the grass of more than 300 feet before hitting a tree.
There was no indication of speeding.
All four apparently crawled out of the car through the smashed windshield.
The vehicle was filled with fishing rods and other equipment.
Morgan said he plans to talk with the District Attorney's office about possible charges.
Pooletown and Gold Hill firefighters worked the scene and tried to deal with Saturday night traffic on Bringle Ferry Road.
Pooletown Chief Darrell Dennis said the wreck victims apparently spoke a Vietnamese dialect. A man who stopped at the scene helped with translations.
Dennis said a Rowan County Sheriff's deputy helping with traffic almost got run over.