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November 2017 Archives

Holiday Travel Wrecks on I-26

Over the weekend, there were a few wrecks on I-26 in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, there was at least one injury crash on I-26 in Buncombe County. With additional holiday traffic, the roadways in and around Asheville were very busy. Traffic was at a standstill in westbound lanes of I-26 near the Airport Road exit on Sunday. 

Fatal Crash Prompts Concern About Candler Intersection

On Friday morning, there was a fatal crash in a Candler neighborhood. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at the intersection for Monte Vista, Edgewood and Holbrook Roads. Initial reports indicate that one of the drivers involved in the crash did not stop at the stop sign. That vehicle slammed into another car and then hit a minivan. There were two small children in the minivan at the time of the crash. Thankfully, they were in car seats. At least four people, including the two children, were transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. A driver involved in the crash, 29-year-old James Nicholas Crowder, was killed in the wreck.

Multi Car Crash in Buncombe County

Earlier this week, there was a multi-car crash on I-26 in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened near Exit 33 for NC-191 (Brevard Road). Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know that at least one person was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. There has been no word on the cause of the four-car pileup crash.

Thanksgiving Eve: Make It To the Table

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual Thanksgiving safety campaign. Their "Make It To The Table" campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers associated with drinking and driving. Traditionally, Thanksgiving eve has been known for an increase in injury causing and fatal crashes involving drunk drivers. According to the NHTSA, Thanksgiving is the deadliest holiday on U.S. roadways. This year, they're reminding motorists that even one empty seat at the table is one too many. 

Pedestrian Struck on Haywood Road

Last week, a pedestrian was struck and injured by a vehicle on Haywood Road. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near Brevard Road. Very few details about the wreck have been released, but we do know that the pedestrian was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. There has been no word on that person's current condition or the extent of injuries involved. Additionally, no information has been released on whether or not the driver involved was cited. This crash could still be under investigation with local law enforcement officials. 

Good Samaritan Hit by Truck in Buncombe County

Over the weekend, a truck hit a Good Samaritan while she was rescuing a lost dog in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Saturday evening on Pisgah Highway. There was a small dog running loose in the roadway, so she decided to pull over and try to save it. She was able to grab the dog before a truck hit her. She suffered from injuries ranging from a broken eye socket and lacerations on her face to a broken leg. The small dog, a Bichon Frise named Max, was rushed to a veterinary hospital and treated for minor injuries. He was reunited with his owner on Sunday.

Overturned Truck on I-40

On Tuesday afternoon, there was a truck crash on Interstate 40 in Haywood County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near the exit for Newfound Road. Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know that a pickup truck towing a camper overturned on the roadway.

Semi Truck Crash on I-240

On Friday morning, there was a semi truck crash on Interstate 240 near downtown Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near Mile Marker Three, sometime around 2:45 a.m. Very few details about this tractor trailer crash have been released, but we do know that the large commercial truck overturned near Jackson's curve by Jackson's Western Store on Patton Avenue. A portion of the roadway had to be closed until about 10:00 a.m. Initial reports indicate that the truck was hauling 2-ethylhexyl phthalate, which is a chemical used to make plastics. 

Injured Cyclist Urges Drivers to Put Phones Down

A Western Carolina University professor who was injured while riding his bicycle is now urging drivers to put their phones down behind the wheel. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Jack Summers was in a bike lane on N.C. 107, about two miles from the university, when a car hit him. He will have to miss about three months of school due to back surgery and recovery from his injuries. He is also warning cyclists that they're not safe, even in bicycle lanes, especially while there are distracted drivers on the roads. 

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