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NHTSA's National Teen Driver Safety Week

This week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is observing National Teen Driver Safety Week. Car crashes are still the leading cause of death for children and teens in the U.S., and an estimated 195,000 young drivers were injured in crashes in 2015. The NHTSA is encouraging parents to talk about to their teen drivers about safety behind the wheel. In addition to discussing important topics like distracted driving and underage drinking, parents are also reminded to talk about seat belt use, speeding and the dangers of extra passengers.

Firefighter Killed While Cleaning Roadside Debris

Over the weekend, a vehicle fatally struck a Morganton volunteer firefighter while he was cleaning up storm debris. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, 40-year-old Jason Keith Hensley was beside Highway 70 cleaning up debris associated with Tropical Storm Nate when a truck hit him. Initial reports indicate that he was wearing reflective gear and had his vehicle's emergency lights on at the time of the crash.

Head Injury in Buncombe County Crash

Last week, a man in Buncombe County suffered from a head injury in a collision. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Brevard Road, near the Buncombe, Henderson County line, on Wednesday afternoon. Very few details about the wreck have been released, but we do know that one of the vehicles involved went off of the roadway and down into a ravine. First responders rushed to the scene, where they found a man inside of a vehicle with an apparent head injury. That person was transported to Mission Hospital for treatment.

Child Killed in Madison County ATV Crash

Last week, a five-year-old child from Greenville, Tennessee was killed in an ATV crash in Madison County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime after 6:00 p.m. in the Shelton Laurel community. First responders and crews rushed to the scene. The child, Cody Landers, was transported to Mission Hospital, but he did not survive his injuries. Very few details have been released about this fatal ATV crash.

Waynesville School Bus Driver Charged With DWI

Last week, a school bus driver in Waynesville was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk while she had students onboard. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the bus driver, 46-year-old Angell Kirkpatrick Benson, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon. Initial reports indicate that her Breathalyzer test showed she had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in her system. She was reportedly swerving on the Smoky Mountain Expressway at about 3:30 p.m. Her school bus crossed the centerline at least twice, and nearly went off of the roadway, before a pursuing officer was able to pull her over. Benson was not able to perform field sobriety tests satisfactorily, and she was arrested.

Alcohol Suspected in Fatal Asheville Crash

Last week, there was a fatal crash on Rock Hill Road in South Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near Busbee View Road at about 5:00 a.m. Initial reports indicate that an Acura automobile was headed north at a high rate of speed when it entered a curve and ran off of the roadway. The vehicle hit a boulder and flipped over. Two of occupants were not buckled up at the time of the crash, and they were both ejected. One person was killed in this crash, and two others were transported to local hospitals for treatment of injuries. Although this crash remains under investigation, alcohol is suspected to have been a factor.

Fatal Crash Involving Haywood Wagon Train

Last Friday, one person was killed and several other people were injured when a truck ran into a wagon train in Haywood County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Jonathan Creek Road. Very few details about the incident have been released, but we do know that a horse had to be euthanized on the scene too. There has been no information on how or why the truck ran into the wagon train. This collision is still under investigation with the State Highway Patrol.

Kids Injured in Tour Bus Crash

Last week, eight people were injured in a crash involving a tour bus and a Great Smoky Mountains Railroad train. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Swain County. Initial reports indicate that the train was traveling at a relatively low speed when a tour bus carrying ninth graders from Georgia Military Prep School crossed its path. At least six students and two staff members were injured in the wreck. The driver of the tour bus, 59-year-old Charlie Poole of Milledgeville, Georgia, was charged with failing to yield the right of way at a railroad crossing.

Vehicle Fire on I-40

Last week, there was a vehicle fire on I-40 in McDowell County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime around 9:45 on Old Fort Mountain, between mile markers 69 and 70. A Hazmat team was called to the scene, because the vehicle was transporting cleaning chemicals like chlorine and other corrosives at the time of the incident. At this time, there has been no word on what caused the fire, but first responders from a variety of agencies rushed to the scene, and traffic was reduced to one lane on the eastbound side of the roadway.

Semi Truck Crash on Smokey Park Highway

On Tuesday, there was a truck crash on the Smokey Park Highway in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near I-40. Very few details about this semi truck crash have been released, but we do know that all northbound lanes were closed as crews and first responders worked the scene. For currently unknown reasons, a tractor-trailer went over a guardrail. Thankfully, no injuries were reported on the scene. There has been no word on the cause of the truck crash, which is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

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