The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just released a summer-themed consumer safety advisory. Road trips are a popular choice for summer vacations, and the NHTSA wants motorists to be prepared for safe and successful trips. Since nothing can ruin a family vacation faster than being stranded on the side of the highway, the NHTSA is encouraging drivers to get their automobiles fully serviced before hitting the road this summer.
At least two people were injured in a crash on the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the one-vehicle crash occurred near the Folk Art Center in Buncombe County. For currently unknown reasons, an SUV left the roadway, and went about 25 feet down an embankment. Although this wasn't an area well known for crashes, Thad Lewis, Riceville Fire Department Chief, was quick to point out that drivers need to be cautious, especially with more motorcycle riders taking to the roadways.
On Tuesday morning, a Buncombe County crash involving a garbage truck sent one person to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened around 7:00 a.m. on Brevard Road, near the Blue Ridge Parkway intersection. Apparently, the driver of a garbage truck ran off the road and over corrected the vehicle, causing it to flip on top of a Kia Soul. Emergency responders had to free the trapped driver of the Kia.
On Saturday night, a hit-and-run driver struck a motorcyclist and his passenger in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Hendersonville Road. Chris and Andrea Gomiller, from Arden, were riding their motorcycle when they when a car drove onto their bike without warning. As Andrea was injured beside the motorcycle, Chris jumped onto the fleeing vehicle in attempts to stop the hit-and-run driver. He fell off the car, but thankfully the driver was later apprehended.