On Monday, law enforcement agencies around Ashville came together to kick off the annual Click It or Ticket seat belt safety campaign. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the event was held at the Buncombe County Public Safety Training Facility. Although the State of North Carolina is above the national average for seat belt usage, Buncombe County is the seventh deadliest county in in North Carolina where passenger vehicle occupants aren't buckled up at the time of the crash. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 reports that out of the last four years, the county has averaged nine traffic deaths involving unrestrained passenger occupants.
On Wednesday morning, there was a one-vehicle crash on Sweeten Creek Road in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near the Givens Estate entrance sometime before 11:30 a.m. Very few details about this wreck have been released, but we do know that the vehicle involved took out power lines in the area. According to Duke Energy, approximately 600 people were without power for a couple of hours.
On Monday afternoon, five people were injured in a Macon County crash. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened near U.S. 441 and Sanderstown Road. Very few details have been released about this multi-car crash, but we do know that five people were injured, and four of them were transported to local hospitals for treatment. A four-year-old child was taken to Angel Medical Center. A driver and a passenger in one of the vehicles had to be airlifted to Mission Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. There has been no word on the cause of the crash, which is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.
Over the weekend, there was a multi-car crash in the eastbound lanes of I-40 in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near Exit 53. Very few details about this wreck have been released, but we do know that at least five vehicles were involved. A portion of the roadway had to be closed as crews and first responders worked the scene.
WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently reported on a proposed bill that would penalize those going too slow in the left lane with a $200 dollar fine. If Senate Bill 303 gets passed, it will expand on the current law, which states that slower drivers should keep to the right. The fine would be used in cases where the driver is impeding the steady flow of traffic. Basically, if faster vehicles on the right are passing you while you're in the left lane, you could be facing a fine if this bill gets passed.
On Sunday night, a vehicle flipped off of an embankment in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 9:00 p.m. on Tunnel Road near the Econo Lodge. Very few details about this one-car crash have been released, but initial reports indicate that it may have been a case of pedal error. The driver thought he or she was hitting the brake, when in reality, they were hitting the gas pedal while the vehicle was in reverse.
On Monday night, a high-speed crash in Black Mountain left five people injured. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened at about 7:00 p.m., on East State Street in the downtown Black Mountain area. Initial reports indicate that one vehicle, a 2015 Nissan Altima, struck another vehicle at a high rate of speed at a downtown intersection. That Altima driver, Kyle Carney, was reportedly driving west on Interstate 40 when he got off on Highway 70 west. When the vehicle entered the intersection of Montreat Road and State Street at a high rate of speed, it collided with a Mazda sedan. An additional three vehicles were also struck.
On Saturday afternoon, there was a fatal crash in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened at about 3:00 p.m. on Crab Creek Road, near Curtis Drive. For currently unknown reasons, a westbound Ford pickup truck crossed the centerline and struck a Chrysler head-on. The pickup truck driver, a 44-year-old man from South Carolina, was killed in the crash.
On Sunday afternoon, law enforcement officers conducted rolling roadblocks on I-40 to clear the area of ice and snow. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, there was a multi-car crash along Waterville Road in Haywood County. Drivers were asked to avoid the area, and delays were reported.
Last week, there was an injury crash on Interstate 26 in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened in the early morning hours in the westbound lanes near the I-40 and I-240 interchange. For currently unknown reasons, a driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed through a guardrail. That driver was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries including a broken nose and a broken back. Additionally, a second driver was unable to avoid the wreckage and struck some of the debris in the roadway.