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Jail for Driver Who Intentionally Caused Wrecks

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.

Fatal Crash in Mitchell County

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.

Vehicle Fire on I-26

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.

Car Crashes Into Asheville House

Last week, a car slammed into an East Asheville home. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime before midnight on Old Farm School Road at the intersection of Botany Drive and Lower Grassy Branch Road. A local couple, Frank and Judy Brown, had just turned in for the night when the car came crashing into their bedroom.

Asheville Crashes at I-26 Bridge

A recent WLOS ABC News Channel 13 investigative report focused on the dangers of the I-26 bridge construction area. According to one contractor, safety issues at the particular work zone have caused at least 12 crashes in the area. Although many of these crashes have been attributed to issues like distracted driving, there are still questions as to whether or not the construction area is properly laid out and provides adequate visibility for drivers. Through the course of their investigation, WLOS ABC News Channel 13 found numerous police reports indicating poor visibility and vehicles coming out of their lanes.

Multi-Car Buncombe County Crash

Over the weekend, a multi-car crash in Buncombe County had portions of Patton Avenue shut down. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on I-240, near the Jeff Bowen Bridge. Although very few details have been released about this crash, we do know that at least two vehicles were involved. At this time, there has been no word on the cause of the crash or if anybody was injured. This wreck could still be under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

Drunk Driver Hits Tiny Home

On Saturday evening, a drunk driver in Alexander struck a tiny home off of Old Highway 20. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the crash destroyed the small house. Thankfully, nobody was in the house at the time of the wreck, and there were no major injuries reported. Although the driver involved said he swerved to miss an oncoming car, a neighbor's security camera caught the wreck on film. The footage showed that there was no oncoming car, and that the driver erratically swerved into the tiny house.

Dangers of Low Quality Auto Parts

WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently reported on the relationship between some auto body shops and insurance companies in North Carolina. The report found that some auto body collision shops across the state have used untested and unregulated parts to fix vehicles, especially when insurance companies refer cars for work. Motorists trust recommendations from their insurance companies on auto body shops. Unfortunately in many cases, these shops are using inferior parts to pass the savings onto the insurance companies.

Slick Roads Around Asheville

Madison County residents woke up to slick roads on Monday morning. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, roadways across Hot Springs, Mars Hill and other areas were slick with ice and snow after icy and snowy overnight weather. Thankfully, Madison County DOT crews treated the main roadways overnight. Some of the slickest roads were NC 212 in Shelton Laurel, NC 209 and NC 63 in Hot Springs and Future I-26 in Mars Hill, near the Tennessee line. Officials in the area are urging motorists to exercise additional caution as temperatures continue to drop. Refreezing can also cause roadways to become extremely slippery.

Crash on I-40 in Asheville

On Monday morning, a crash on I-40 had traffic backed up in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened near mile marker 49, sometime around 8:00 a.m. Although very few details have been released, the wreck was described as a 'high severity incident.' Portions of the roadway had to be closed for hours as first responders and crews worked the scene.

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