Last week, a man in Asheville was found guilty of intentionally causing 12 car crashes. According to the Citizen-Times, 27-year-old Byron Fulghum was sentenced to a year behind bars and ordered to bay $45,363.08 in restitution to insurance companies and victims. He was found guilty of six felony counts of insurance fraud, four misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property, four misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon and four misdemeanor counts of reckless driving to endanger.
On Thursday, there was a fatal two-car crash in Mitchell County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on NC 226 in Spruce Pine, sometime before noon. A Ford Focus was headed north when it reportedly crossed the center lane. The Focus struck a southbound van, head on. The Focus driver, John Casteel of Burnsville, was killed in the crash. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the wreck. At this time, there has been no word on why the Focus crossed the center lane.
On Saturday, there was a vehicle fire on I-26 in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime before 4:00 p.m., in the eastbound lanes. Thankfully, the driver and passenger were able to pull over and get out of the vehicle, and no injuries were reported. First responders were swiftly on the scene, where a portion of I-26 had to be closed until almost 5:00 p.m.
On Tuesday afternoon, a semi truck crash had traffic backed up in Haywood County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on I-40 east, near the US-74 exit (Exit 27), near Clyde. This wreck happened sometime after 1:00 p.m. and involved a tractor-trailer and a box truck. For currently unknown reasons, the semi truck sideswiped the box truck. Very few details about this truck crash have been released, but we do know that the driver of the box truck was taken to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries. No charges have been filed, and the cause of this crash is likely still under investigation with law enforcement authorities. Drivers were advised to avoid the area as crews and investigators worked the scene.
On Saturday afternoon, there was a crash involving a motorcycle and a car near Soco Gap. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at milepost 455 sometime around 3:00 p.m. For currently unknown reasons, a motorcycle and a car collided on the roadway. Very few details have been released about this crash, but we do know that at least one person was airlifted to Mission Hospital and another person was transported to Haywood Regional Hospital.