Last week, there was a vehicle fire on I-40 in McDowell County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime around 9:45 on Old Fort Mountain, between mile markers 69 and 70. A Hazmat team was called to the scene, because the vehicle was transporting cleaning chemicals like chlorine and other corrosives at the time of the incident. At this time, there has been no word on what caused the fire, but first responders from a variety of agencies rushed to the scene, and traffic was reduced to one lane on the eastbound side of the roadway.
On Monday, a North Carolina State Highway Patrol Officer was injured when a suspected drunk driver struck his vehicle. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened along the side of Interstate 95 near Fayetteville. At the time of the crash, the trooper was beside I-95 investigating another wreck. The suspected drunk driver slammed into his cruiser, which struck him and tossed him into the air. He landed on his back beside the roadway. The tow truck driver and another driver were also injured in the crash.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their Road Trip Safety campaign, which includes some very important Summer Driving Safety Tips. Whether you're hitting the road for a cross-country road trip or simply heading to a national park with your camper, boat or tent, the NHTSA has a lot of good resources to get you ready for your trip. Nothing can negatively impact a carefree summer road trip quicker than mechanical trouble or a car accident, so pre-trip preparation is an essential part of travel planning. Listed below are some of the NHTSA's Pre-Trip Safety Tips.
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.