On Wednesday afternoon, a girl was ejected from a vehicle during a one-car crash in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on East Blue Ridge Road. For currently unknown reasons, the automobile left the roadway, went into a ditch, hit a culvert and then went airborne. At the time of the crash, there were four people in the car, including two children.
Earlier this week, a crash involving a tanker truck had traffic backed up in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at the intersection of Mills Gap Road and Hendersonville Road. Apparently, a passenger occupant vehicle ran into the tires of a tanker truck. Very few details have been released about the collision. Thankfully, no injuries were initially reported in connection with this crash. This collision is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.
On Sunday, a one-vehicle crash took the life of an Asheville woman. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened at about 4:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-40. At this time, very few details have been released, but we do know that the sole occupant of the car, 21-year-old Patricia Joyce Terbeek, was killed in the wreck. For currently unknown reasons, the automobile drifted across three lanes. The car grazed a sign, rotated and flipped. Terbeek was ejected from the car.
A recent press release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) outlines the importance of 15-passenger van safety and maintenance this summer. Summer camps, church groups, youth clubs and other organizations frequently use 15-passenger vans to transport children and adults. The NHTSA wants to remind owners and operators of 15-passenger vans that they do carry some additional safety risks to be aware of.
Residents in a Fairview neighborhood are concerned about speeding drivers this summer. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Spring Lake Drive, a dead-end road in a residential area, is notorious for speeders. Although the speed limit is posted at 25 miles per hour and there is also a "Children at Play" sign, drivers routinely speed through the area. One family recalled a near miss involving a speeding and possibly distracted driver. With school out, families are hoping to walks around the neighborhood safely with their children. At least one concerned citizen has raised the issue with local law enforcement, although we understand her phone calls haven't been returned.