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October 2017 Archives

NHTSA's Halloween Anti-Drunk Driving Campaign

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their Halloween-themed anti-drunk driving campaign. Although Halloween can be a fun-filled family holiday with plenty of candy and costumes, it's not without risk on roadways in North Carolina and across the nation. According to the NHTSA, Halloween drunk-driving crash fatalities are on the rise. In 2011, there were 17 Halloween drunk-driving fatalities on U.S. roadways. In 2015, there were 55 deaths. The number of drunk driving fatalities on Halloween has been steadily increasing on an annual basis. This year, the NHTSA is reminding partygoers that buzzed driving is drunk driving too.

Tractor Trailer Crash on Interstate 40

On Friday, a semi truck overturned on Interstate 40. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened in Haywood County, near Mile Maker 17 and Fines Creek Road. Very few details have been released about this truck crash, but we do know that traffic was backed up for most of the day as crews worked the scene. A portion of the eastbound side of the roadway was closed until nearly 8:00 p.m. Minor injuries were reported on the scene.

Truck Crash in Bad Weather on Highway 23

On Monday, there were multiple crashes in the Western North Carolina area. With heavy rain in Jackson County, Sylva and other areas, motorists were urged to exercise caution on local roadways. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, a box truck overturned on Highway 23, near the Sylva exit. Very few details have been released about this truck crash, but we do know that both eastbound lanes had to be closed as crews worked to clear the scene. There has been no word on the cause of this crash, which is still under investigation with law enforcement officials. Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported. 

Injury Crash on I-26 in Asheville

On Sunday night, there was an injury crash on Interstate 26 in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, at least two people were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Traffic was backed up for miles as crews and first responders worked the scene. There has been no word on the cause of the crash or if citations or charges have been made. This wreck is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. 

NHTSA's National Teen Driver Safety Week

This week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is observing National Teen Driver Safety Week. Car crashes are still the leading cause of death for children and teens in the U.S., and an estimated 195,000 young drivers were injured in crashes in 2015. The NHTSA is encouraging parents to talk about to their teen drivers about safety behind the wheel. In addition to discussing important topics like distracted driving and underage drinking, parents are also reminded to talk about seat belt use, speeding and the dangers of extra passengers.

Firefighter Killed While Cleaning Roadside Debris

Over the weekend, a vehicle fatally struck a Morganton volunteer firefighter while he was cleaning up storm debris. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, 40-year-old Jason Keith Hensley was beside Highway 70 cleaning up debris associated with Tropical Storm Nate when a truck hit him. Initial reports indicate that he was wearing reflective gear and had his vehicle's emergency lights on at the time of the crash.

Asheville Cyclist Injured in Road Rage Incident

A cyclist in Asheville was injured when a motorist got out of his vehicle and assaulted him at an intersection. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, this road rage incident happened near the construction area on Sand Hill Road. Initial reports indicate that the cyclist was keeping with the pace of traffic prior to the incident. The driver, apparently frustrated that he was unable to pass the cyclist, got out of his truck at a stop light and attacked the cyclist. Claude Watson punched the cyclist in the face before retreating back into his pickup truck and taking off. Thankfully, the whole incident was caught on another vehicle's dashboard camera. 

School Bus Crash in Candler

Earlier this week, there was a crash involving a Buncombe County school bus in Candler. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Monday morning in the 1850 block of Pisgah Highway, near the Davis Creek Road intersection. Initial reports indicate that a Jeep Compass struck the Enka Intermediate School bus. 

Head Injury in Buncombe County Crash

Last week, a man in Buncombe County suffered from a head injury in a collision. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Brevard Road, near the Buncombe, Henderson County line, on Wednesday afternoon. Very few details about the wreck have been released, but we do know that one of the vehicles involved went off of the roadway and down into a ravine. First responders rushed to the scene, where they found a man inside of a vehicle with an apparent head injury. That person was transported to Mission Hospital for treatment.

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