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September 2015 Archives

Fatal Semi Truck Crash on I-40

On Sunday night, a family of three was killed in a wreck involving a semi truck in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the collision happened at about 8:40 p.m., in the eastbound lane of I-40, near mile-maker 56. For currently unknown reasons, a tractor-trailer merged into the right lane and into the path of a 1998 Ford Escort. The Escort was run off of the roadway and crashed into a heavily wooded area. The car hit multiple trees before stopping.

Fatal Crash on NC 191

A single-vehicle crash took the life of a Henderson County man last week. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, 20-year-old Nicholas Andrew Woodring lost control of his vehicle on NC 191 near Grand View Lane last Tuesday. The vehicle ran off of the roadway and struck several trees before overturning in a wooded area. Initially thought to be missing, a friend of the family's found the vehicle in deep brush beside the roadway.

Cyclist Survives 750 Miles in France, Hit in Asheville Twice

After safely riding 750 miles across France, a cyclist is struck by cars twice in one week in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Luke Heller recently completed the Paris-Brest-Paris, which is a 750-mile bike ride with 6,000 participants. The ride goes across France. Shortly upon returning to Asheville, Heller was struck by a car on Haywood Road. He was scraped up in that incident, but otherwise okay. Later that week, while riding to work, he was struck by another car on Haywood Road. 

$2.9 Million Fine for Triumph Motorcycles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently imposed a $2.9 million civil penalty against Triumph Motorcycles Ltd and Triumph Motorcycles (America) Ltd. for violating the Safety Act. In addition to their failure to respond to the NHTSA on numerous occasions, they also violated critical reporting requirements involving defective motorcycle parts. 

Tractor Trailer Fire on I-40

On Tuesday afternoon, a tractor trailer fire had traffic backed up on I-40. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 3:30 p.m., near the weigh station in Buncombe County. Although very few details have been released, we do know the fire was very large, and motorists were being diverted from the roadway. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) had lanes closed from mile marker 40 to mile marker 44. 

Fatal Truck Crash in Anderson County

On Tuesday morning, one person was killed in a truck crash on I-85 in Anderson County, South Carolina. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the collision happened on Interstate 85, near mile maker 36 and involved a cargo truck and a trash truck. Although very few details have been released, we do know that the two trucks collided and burst into flames. 

Cyclist Killed in Henderson County

On Tuesday morning, a woman from Asheville was struck and killed while riding her bicycle in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Chimney Rock Road, near Saint Mary's Drive at about 6:30 a.m. Carrie Byrnside, 25-years-old, was killed after being struck by two vehicles on the roadway. Initial reports indicate that one of the drivers didn't even see her prior to striking her. Although very few details have been released, we do know that the crash shut down a portion of the roadway for about an hour and a half as first responders and crews worked the scene. 

"Share The Road" Signs in North Carolina

A recent study out of North Carolina State found that "Share the Road" signs might not be as effective as they're supposed to be. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the study found that drivers who saw "Share the Road" signs didn't react any differently than drivers who did not see any sign. Some advocates are calling on new signs with stronger messages. 

Catching Drunk Drivers in North Carolina

This week, law enforcement officers in North Carolina are taking part in an interstate crackdown on drunk driving. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, agencies in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Florida will be taking part in the 24th annual "Hands Across The Border" campaign. There will be various checkpoints near all of these states' borders, and law enforcement officers will be looking for drunk drivers and other offenders. 

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