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July 2015 Archives

Improving Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety in Asheville

Officials with the City of Asheville are hoping to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Asheville has the highest pedestrian accident rate in the State of North Carolina. The city will be releasing a public safety campaign called "Watch for Me" next week. A spokesperson from the Ashville Police Department reports that this initiative is all about trying to decrease fatal and injury-causing accidents.

Tractor-Trailer Crash in Macon County

On Monday morning, a multi-vehicle crash involving a semi truck injured at least nine people. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened in the southbound lanes of US-441, near Lake Emory and the Franklin exit, at North East Main Street. Although very few details have been released, we do know that at least six vehicles were involved in the crash, including a tractor trailer. Apparently, the semi truck rear-ended a pickup truck, which turned into to a chain-reaction crash. Additionally, the wreck happened near a construction zone.

Semi Truck Crashes Down Embankment

Over the weekend, a semi truck crashed over an embankment on US 25-70 at the Buncombe County and Madison County line. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the truck reportedly flipped off of the roadway and down a 100-foot embankment. At this time, it is believed that the driver was either ejected from the vehicle or crawled out of the wreckage on his own. He was found unconscious near the crashed truck. 

Semi Truck Overturned on Car and Van

On Friday morning, a tractor trailer overturned on top of a car and a van. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime before 8:00 a.m., on Wiggins Road, Off Interstate 40 in Buncombe County. Apparently, the brakes went out on the big rig as the driver was coming down the off-ramp for Wiggins Road. In an effort to avoid oncoming traffic, the truck driver swerved and his rig overturned. It landed on a sedan and a Mountain Mobility van.

Move Over, It's The Law

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) "Move Over, It's The Law" Campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the importance of moving over for law enforcement officers and other roadside workers. Public safety officials risk their lives on the roads in North Carolina and across the nation everyday, and motorists need to move over when they see flashing lights.

Car Crashes Into Gas Station

On Sunday afternoon, a car crashed into a gas station in downtown Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at the Shell Station just before 3:00 p.m., on Merrimon Avenue, near I-240. Although very few details have been released, we do know that a fire had to be extinguished on the scene. Thankfully, no injuries were initially reported. 

Child Fatally Attacked by Pit Bull

On Tuesday, a six-year-old child was fatally attacked by a pit bull in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the dog was recently adopted from the Asheville Humane Society. Although very few details have been released, we do know that the dog was so aggressive when law enforcement officers arrived on scene, it had to be shot. 

Fatal Crash on Smokey Park Highway

On Monday night, two people were killed in a crash on Smokey Park Highway. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, this Buncombe County head-on collision happened sometime before 9:00 p.m., in the 1500 block of Smokey Park Highway, near the Bojangles. For currently unknown reasons, a Chevrolet pickup truck pulled into the path of an oncoming antique Ford pickup truck. Davie McClure, 84 years old, and his wife Mattie were in the antique truck at the time of the crash. They both died as a result of their injuries.

Most Dangerous Holiday: Fourth of July

Forbes magazine has named the 4th of July America's Most Dangerous Holiday. During the July 4th, Independence Day Holiday, over the last five years, 750 people were killed in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. Independence Day has become synonymous with injury causing and fatal drunk driving crashes across the country. 

Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Cherokee County

On Monday night, two people were killed in a motorcycle crash in Cherokee County, South Carolina. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on SC Highway 221. For currently unknown reasons, the motorcycle apparently crossed the centerline and collided with a Ford truck, head on. Both the driver and the passenger on the motorcycle were thrown from the vehicle. Heather Lane Guffey and Mark Jonathan Petty, both 26 years old, died as a result of their injuries. 

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