Officials with the City of Asheville are hoping to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Asheville has the highest pedestrian accident rate in the State of North Carolina. The city will be releasing a public safety campaign called "Watch for Me" next week. A spokesperson from the Ashville Police Department reports that this initiative is all about trying to decrease fatal and injury-causing accidents.
On Friday morning, a tractor trailer overturned on top of a car and a van. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime before 8:00 a.m., on Wiggins Road, Off Interstate 40 in Buncombe County. Apparently, the brakes went out on the big rig as the driver was coming down the off-ramp for Wiggins Road. In an effort to avoid oncoming traffic, the truck driver swerved and his rig overturned. It landed on a sedan and a Mountain Mobility van.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) "Move Over, It's The Law" Campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the importance of moving over for law enforcement officers and other roadside workers. Public safety officials risk their lives on the roads in North Carolina and across the nation everyday, and motorists need to move over when they see flashing lights.
On Monday night, two people were killed in a crash on Smokey Park Highway. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, this Buncombe County head-on collision happened sometime before 9:00 p.m., in the 1500 block of Smokey Park Highway, near the Bojangles. For currently unknown reasons, a Chevrolet pickup truck pulled into the path of an oncoming antique Ford pickup truck. Davie McClure, 84 years old, and his wife Mattie were in the antique truck at the time of the crash. They both died as a result of their injuries.