Tbe assignments of error raise tbis solitary question: Did tbe trial judge err in refusing to dismiss tbe action upon a compulsory nonsuit %
Tbe defendants admit tbe sufficiency of tbe plaintiff's evidence to establish actionable negligence on tbeir part. Tbey contend, however, that tbe action ought to have been involuntarily nonsuited in tbe court below upon tbe authority of Cole v. Lumber Co., 230 N.C. 616, 55 S.E. 2d 86, on the .ground that tbe plaintiff's driver Hinton was contributorily negligent as a matter of law. Tbey advance tbis argument to. sustain .this, position:. Tbe plaintiff’s evidence compels tbe single conclusion that Hinton overtook and attempted to pass tbe Cline truck at an intersection in violation of tbe statute codified as G.S. 20-150 (c), and in so doing proximately contributed to tbe collision and tbe resultant injury to plaintiff’s automobile.
Tbe contention of the defendants necessitates an appraisal of tbe plaintiff’s evidence in tbe light most favorable to it. Bundy v. Powell, 229 N.C. 707, 51 S.E. 2d 307. When the plaintiff’s evidence is thus appraised, it makes out tbis case:
1. United States Highway 29, which runs north and south, is paved, to.a width of 20 feet. It is linked to tbe Town of Landis on tbe westward by a connecting road which joins its western margin.
2. At 2 p.m. on 17 November, 1950, Freeman drove tbe Cline truck northward along tbe right half of tbe highway at a speed of from 25 to 30 miles an hour. Hinton, who was driving tbe plaintiff’s automobile northward along tbe highway at a speed of 45 miles an hour, overtook tbe Cline truck a substantial distance south of tbe intersection of the highway and tbe connecting road.
3. Hinton observed that tbe left half of tbe highway ahead was free from oncoming traffic for a distance of 1,000 feet. Hinton thereupon drove onto tbe left half of tbe highway for tbe purpose of passing tbe truck, gave Freeman an audible signal by bis born of bis intention to pass tbe truck, accelerated tbe speed of tbe automobile to approximately 50 miles an hour to facilitate passing, and undertook to pass to tbe left of tbe truck, which was still proceeding northward along tbe right half of tbe highway at a speed of from 25 to 30 miles an hour. Hinton was at least 300 feet south of tbe intersection of the highway and tbe con*136necting road when he drove onto the left half of the highway for the purpose of passing the truck.
4. When the automobile and the truck were running side by side, Freeman turned the truck sharply to the left ivithout any signal or warning,
and crossed onto the left half of the highway, striking and demolishing the plaintiff’s automobile and injuring Hinton. The collision occurred before the vehicles reached the intersection.
5. These events took place in an area outside a business or residence district where highway signs stated that the absolute speed limit for automobiles was 55 miles an hour.
It thus appears that the plaintiff’s evidence warrants the inferences that Hinton reasonably assumed that he could pass the truck in safety before the vehicles reached the intersection, and that he would have done so had it not been for Freeman’s improvident act in suddenly driving onto the left half of the highway. This being true, the plaintiff’s evidence does not compel the conclusion that Hinton attempted to pass the Cline truck at an intersection in violation of the statute codified as Gr.S. 20-150 (e). As a consequence, the instant case falls under Grimm v. Watson, 233 N.C. 65, 62 S.E. 2d 538, and Howard v. Bingham, 231 N.C. 420, 57 S.E. 2d 401, rather than Cole v. Lumber Co., supra.
To be sure, the defendants offered evidence tending to show that Hinton rendered the collision inevitable by attempting to traverse the intersection while Freeman was endeavoring to make a left turn into the connecting road. While this evidence would have justified the jury in answering either the first issue or the second issue in favor of the defendants had the jury accepted it, the trial judge rightly ignored it in ruling on the motion to nonsuit. This evidence was presented by the defense and merely contradicted that offered by plaintiff. Hansley v. Tilton, 234 N.C. 3, 65 S.E. 2d 300; Register v. Gibbs, 233 N.C. 456, 64 S.E. 2d 280; Bundy v. Powell, supra.
For the reasons given, there is in law