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August 2017 Archives

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: Labor Day Edition

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Additionally, law enforcement agencies in North Carolina and across the nation will be stepping up efforts to catch and deter drunk drivers during the Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, the Labor Day holiday weekend is frequently associated with a spike in injury causing and fatal crashes involving drunk drivers. According to the NHTSA, during the Labor Day holidays from 2011 to 2015, more than 750 people were killed in drunk driving crashes. 

Kids Injured in Tour Bus Crash

Last week, eight people were injured in a crash involving a tour bus and a Great Smoky Mountains Railroad train. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Swain County. Initial reports indicate that the train was travelling at a relatively low speed when a tour bus carrying ninth graders from Georgia Military Prep School crossed its path. At least six students and two staff members were injured in the wreck. The driver of the tour bus, 59-year-old Charlie Poole of Milledgeville, Georgia, was charged with failing to yield the right of way at a railroad crossing.

Vehicle Fire on I-40

Last week, there was a vehicle fire on I-40 in McDowell County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime around 9:45 on Old Fort Mountain, between mile markers 69 and 70. A Hazmat team was called to the scene, because the vehicle was transporting cleaning chemicals like chlorine and other corrosives at the time of the incident. At this time, there has been no word on what caused the fire, but first responders from a variety of agencies rushed to the scene, and traffic was reduced to one lane on the eastbound side of the roadway.

Semi Truck Crash on I-40 Near Black Mountain

On Monday afternoon, there was a semi truck crash on Interstate 40. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near Black Mountain, just before exit 72. Very few details about this truck crash have been released, but we do know that the truck went over an embankment. All eastbound lanes had to be closed as first responders and crews worked the scene. There has been no word on the cause of the crash or if anybody was injured. This tractor-trailer crash could still be under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. 

Single Vehicle Injury Crash in Henderson County

Last week, there was a single-vehicle injury crash in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Butler Bridge Road at Yadkin Road, sometime before 10:00 a.m. For currently unknown reasons, a pickup truck left the roadway, plowed through a mailbox and hit a tree. First responders had to extricate one of the passengers from the wreckage. That person was transported to Mission Hospital. 

Semi Truck Crash on Smokey Park Highway

On Tuesday, there was a truck crash on the Smokey Park Highway in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near I-40. Very few details about this semi truck crash have been released, but we do know that all northbound lanes were closed as crews and first responders worked the scene. For currently unknown reasons, a tractor-trailer went over a guardrail. Thankfully, no injuries were reported on the scene. There has been no word on the cause of the truck crash, which is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

Aggressive Dog Attacks Henderson County Woman

Over the weekend, a dog known to Henderson County Animal Services as aggressive attacked a woman in the River Oaks community. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the owners previously surrendered the dog after it mauled a smaller dog last year. The owners later re-adopted the dog, after they were given notice that it was going to be euthanized. They were required to follow strict safety guidelines, since the dog had a history of aggression.

Highway Patrol on Eclipse Travel Safety

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is currently publicizing their safety campaign regarding the upcoming solar eclipse. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the State Highway Patrol is calling on motorists to put safety first on North Carolina roadways during this busy event. They have a variety of tips for locals and travelers who will be in North Carolina for the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017. In addition to local drivers, they're also expecting plenty of traffic due to people travelling to see the eclipse from certain areas in Western North Carolina. Listed below are some of the State Highway Patrol's safety tips for the upcoming solar eclipse. 

McDowell County Crash Knocks Out Power

Over the weekend, a single-vehicle crash knocked out power for about 1,000 customers in McDowell County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Burma Road in West Marion. For currently unknown reasons, a vehicle struck a utility pole, just before 10:00 p.m. Thankfully, no injuries were reported in this wreck, but outages were expected until about 2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. 

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