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January 2016 Archives

Pedestrian Killed in Greenville

On Saturday, a pedestrian in Greenville County was struck and killed by a car. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 1:45 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 14 and Stonebrook Farm Way. The driver apparently lost control of their vehicle and struck the jogger. The victim, 44-year-old Andrew Vanevera, was jogging with a friend at the time of the collision.

Clear Snow And Ice From Vehicles

Officials with the Asheville Police Department (APD) are calling on motorists to clear snow and ice from their vehicles before getting behind the wheel. The APD's Facebook page recently shared a viral dash-cam video of a driver's window being struck and shattered by a flying chunk of ice that dislodged from the car in front of it. It may take a few extra minutes, but it's absolutely essential to clear all snow and ice from your car before hitting the road. Just scraping your windows isn't enough. If you leave ice and snow on your vehicle, it can melt, blow off and dislodge while you're driving. Even at relatively low speeds, it's a recipe for disaster for the cars and trucks behind you. 

Fatal Crash in Greenville

On Friday night, a Marietta woman was killed in a one-car crash in Greenville County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Poinsett Highway near Furman University. At this time, very few details about the crash have been released, but we do know that 26-year-old Elizabeth Danielle Hudson's 2003 Honda Pilot crossed a center median and struck a tree. 

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.

NCDOT's "Booze It And Lose It" Campaign Results

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) recently issued a press release about the results of their 2015 Holiday "Booze It And Lose It" campaign. Like many states and law enforcement agencies across the nation, North Carolina is trying to reduce the number of injury causing and fatal drunk driving crashes that happen each year. Sadly, the holidays are an especially deadly time on North Carolina roadways. During the safety campaign, that ran from December 11, 2015 to January 3, 2016, there were 3,074 charges for DWI. Of those charges, 252 were related to drug use. Almost 350 law enforcement agencies participated statewide. 

Increasing Cyclist Safety in North Carolina

WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently reported on recommended changes in laws governing bicycle safety in the State of North Carolina. A series of public meetings have culminated in a report with recommendations to the legislature's transportation committee. Some of those recommendations include requiring reflective clothing and allowing drivers to cross the double-yellow line when passing cyclists. 

Semi Truck Crash on I-40

On Monday morning, a crash involving an 18-wheeler had traffic backed up in Haywood County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near mile marker 18. Apparently, a semi truck driver lost control of the rig, and it crashed into a wall. The large truck lost power and lighting in the wreck, and an additional two vehicles collided with the wreckage. Very few details about the crash have been released, but we do know that the truck driver, based out of Orangeburg, South Carolina, was cited for 'exceeding a safe speed for conditions.'

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