The recent fatal school bus crash in Chattanooga has school districts across the nation assessing the safety of their own school buses, drivers and school transportation programs. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently reported on some efforts going on in Canton. In North Carolina, school buses have to be checked by a licensed inspector every 30 days. Additionally, school buses in North Carolina are not to exceed speeds of 45 miles per hour. Some districts are adding cameras on the inside and outside of buses to help improve accountability in the event of a wreck or other potentially injury-causing incident. Although these measures certainly help to improve school bus safety, taking the bus to and from school isn't totally without risk.
Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are calling on drivers to exercise additional caution this holiday weekend. Although the Thanksgiving Holiday is typically a weekend filled with cheer, gratitude and gatherings with loved ones, it's also known for being particularly deadly on U.S. roadways. As one of the most traveled holidays of the year, roads in Asheville, North Carolina and across the nation are going to be packed.
Over the weekend, a suspected drunk driver fatally struck a pedestrian in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Saturday morning at about 6:00 a.m., on I-240 near Chunns Cove Road. Initial reports indicate that 26-year-old Aaron Lee Thurman was driving eastbound on I-240 when his truck veered onto the shoulder of the roadway. His 1990 Chevrolet GMT 400 struck 23-year-old Christian Blade Johnson, who was walking alongside of the highway at the time of the crash. Johnson did not survive his injuries, and Thurman was charged with driving while impaired.
On Wednesday night, a pedestrian was struck by a car and killed in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime before 7:00 p.m. on Pisgah Highway. Very few details have been released about the fatal pedestrian collision, but we do know that 85-year-old William Rogers was trying to cross the road to meet people for church when he was struck and killed.
On Monday morning, a tractor-trailer overturned on westbound US-19. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the truck crash happened in Swain County near Bryson City. Both westbound lanes of US-19, about two miles west of Silvermine Road, had to be closed for a portion of time as crews and first responders worked the scene. Although very little information has been released about this truck crash, we do know that the trailer came loose during the wreck. The truck driver was transported to Haywood Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. At this time, there has been no word on the cause of this semi truck crash. The incident is likely still under investigation with authorities.