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November 2016 Archives

School Bus Safety in Western North Carolina

The recent fatal school bus crash in Chattanooga has school districts across the nation assessing the safety of their own school buses, drivers and school transportation programs. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently reported on some efforts going on in Canton. In North Carolina, school buses have to be checked by a licensed inspector every 30 days. Additionally, school buses in North Carolina are not to exceed speeds of 45 miles per hour. Some districts are adding cameras on the inside and outside of buses to help improve accountability in the event of a wreck or other potentially injury-causing incident. Although these measures certainly help to improve school bus safety, taking the bus to and from school isn't totally without risk. 

Thanksgiving Weekend Travel Safety

Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are calling on drivers to exercise additional caution this holiday weekend. Although the Thanksgiving Holiday is typically a weekend filled with cheer, gratitude and gatherings with loved ones, it's also known for being particularly deadly on U.S. roadways. As one of the most travelled holidays of the year, roads in Asheville, North Carolina and across the nation are going to be packed.

Truck Crash and Spill in Madison County

Last week, a truck overturned in Madison County and spilled a cleaning agent into Shelton Laurel Creek. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Wednesday, on southbound Highway 208. For currently unknown reasons, the large truck overturned beside the roadway. The big rig was hauling a cleaning agent called Megasol at the time of the crash, and it did spill into the waterway. Although emergency management officials reportedly said the cleaning agent isn't harmful to humans or fish, it is expected to end up in the French Broad River. At this time, we do not know what the long-term environmental impact of the spill will be. 

Fatal Crash in Henderson County

Last week, there was a fatal crash in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Friday morning at about 10:15 a.m. The crash, which happened in the 1600 block of Sugarloaf Road at Naomi Drive, took the life of one person and sent another to the hospital. First responders had to use the Jaws of Life to free trapped passengers. 

Pedestrian Killed in Suspected DWI Crash

Over the weekend, a suspected drunk driver fatally struck a pedestrian in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Saturday morning at about 6:00 a.m., on I-240 near Chunns Cove Road. Initial reports indicate that 26-year-old Aaron Lee Thurman was driving eastbound on I-240 when his truck veered onto the shoulder of the roadway. His 1990 Chevrolet GMT 400 struck 23-year-old Christian Blade Johnson, who was walking alongside of the highway at the time of the crash. Johnson did not survive his injuries, and Thurman was charged with driving while impaired.

Fatal Pedestrian Crash in Buncombe County

On Wednesday night, a pedestrian was struck by a car and killed in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime before 7:00 p.m. on Pisgah Highway. Very few details have been released about the fatal pedestrian collision, but we do know that 85-year-old William Rogers was trying to cross the road to meet people for church when he was struck and killed.

Volvo Big Rig Recall Update

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release about the Volvo large truck recall that was initiated in March. According to the NHTSA, all of the nearly 16,000 recalled trucks have been identified and repaired. The trucks in question, 2016-2017 Volvo VNL, VNX and VNM heavy trucks, were recalled due to a defective steering shaft that had the potential to cause the driver to unexpectedly or suddenly experience a complete loss of steering. Thankfully, Volvo took unprecedented and innovative steps to contact and alert owners and drivers to the risks associated with the manufacturing defect. 

Crash Involving Box Truck in Asheville

On Monday, a crash involving a box truck had traffic backed up in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 2:14 p.m. on Sweeten Creek Road. Very few details about the crash have been released, but a southbound vehicle reportedly crossed the centerline and collided head on with a northbound box truck. 

Tractor-Trailer Crash on US-19

On Monday morning, a tractor-trailer overturned on westbound US-19. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the truck crash happened in Swain County near Bryson City. Both westbound lanes of US-19, about two miles west of Silvermine Road, had to be closed for a portion of time as crews and first responders worked the scene. Although very little information has been released about this truck crash, we do know that the trailer came loose during the wreck. The truck driver was transported to Haywood Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. At this time, there has been no word on the cause of this semi truck crash. The incident is likely still under investigation with authorities.

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