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November 2015 Archives

Thanksgiving Travel Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual safety campaign about the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Since the Thanksgiving weekend is one of the most travelled weekends of the year, it's also one of the most dangerous. With more cars on the roadways, there's a higher chance for injury causing and potentially fatal car accidents. Combine that with the fact that people will be celebrating with alcohol, and you can understand why the holidays are typically known for having a spike in drunk driving crashes.

Fatal Hendersonville Road Crash

On Monday morning, a South Carolina man was killed in a crash on Hendersonville Road. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime after 6:30 a.m. near the Blue Ridge Parkway overpass. For currently unknown reasons, 56-year-old David Earl Gosnell's truck crossed over four lanes of traffic and collided with another vehicle. Gosnell did not survive his injuries, and the driver in the other vehicle was transported to Mission Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

Motorcyclist Injured in McDowell County Wreck

On Monday afternoon, a motorcyclist was severely injured in a McDowell County crash. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened at about 4:00 p.m. on NC-226 near Dairy Road. Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know that Traviss Kendall Waldrop of Nebo was headed north on 226 when his motorcycle left the roadway. The bike overturned and struck a tree. 

Asheville Pedestrian Safety Program

According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the City of Asheville has just instituted a new safety pilot program for pedestrians. At this time, pedestrians using the crosswalk at Edwin and Katherine Places can utilize the new safety equipment. On either side of the street, there are flags available to pedestrians to carry while crossing the street. The flags are bright yellow and have reflective tape. 

National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

Last week was National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week (November 1-8, 2015), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hosted a forum to launch a new drowsy-driving initiative. Experts from the fields of sleep science, traffic safety and public health joined together to share information on the dangers of drowsy driving and increase awareness about the nationwide problem. While drowsy driving may not sound as dangerous as distracted or impaired driving, consider that tired drivers are not only at risk for falling asleep behind the wheel, but they also have slower reaction times than drivers who aren't drowsy.  

Truck Overturned in Buncombe County

On Monday afternoon, a propane truck overturned beside a roadway in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 1:45 p.m., at Country Mountain Road and Rose Hill Road. First responders and crews were swiftly on the scene, where the propane had to be carefully removed.

Wet Weather Driving in Asheville

Drivers in and around Buncombe County have been dealing with wet roadways this week. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 reported on the dreary roadway conditions. On Monday, residents in the Upstate had to deal with flooding rain. In addition to wet roadways and reduced visibility, drivers also had to worry about wet leaves covering the roads. Drivers are encouraged to slow down and adjust their driving techniques and speed to the conditions of the roadway. 

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