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March 2018 Archives

Watch Out for Emergency Vehicles

Law enforcement officers in Henderson County are calling on drivers to watch out for emergency vehicles. A recent incident in Utah involving a trooper who was struck while responding to a vehicle is raising concern for first responders in North Carolina. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Henderson County Deputy Frank Towler has seen several close calls. Motorists in North Carolina are reminded to obey the Move Over Law, which was enacted to protect first responders.

Kids Injured When Tree Falls on School Bus

Last week, five students were injured when a tree fell onto a school bus in Greenville County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Wednesday afternoon at about 5:20 p.m. There were six Southside High School students on the bus at the time. The tree fell onto the bus near Old Grove Road and Gray Fox Trail in Piedmont. Five of the six students were transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. No other injuries were reported on the scene. Although very little information has been released about this crash, initial reports indicate that a dead pine tree got blown over in the wind.

Multi Vehicle Injury Crash on Highway 209

On Monday morning, three people were injured in a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 209. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened in Haywood County, near Golf Course Road in the Iron Duff area, just before 8:30 a.m. Very few details have been released about this crash, but initial reports indicate that one of the vehicles crossed the center line and struck two other vehicles.

Fatal drunk driving crashes

Like every other state plus the District of Columbia, the blood alcohol concentration legal limit is .08 percent. Fatalities from drunk driving crashes account for one-third of all deaths related to motor vehicle accidents. Individuals who are under 24 years of age or who have been convicted of drunk driving in the past are most likely to be impacted by a fatal drunk driving accident.

Death Involving ATV in Jackson County

Last week, a man was found dead underneath an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) in Jackson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near Peachtree Road in the Caney Fork community. At this time, very few details have been released, but we do know that person involved was a 69-year-old man. Friends reportedly found him, and he was underneath a Kawasaki ATV. First responders and crews rushed to the scene. Initial reports indicate that no foul play is suspected. There has been no word on whether or not some type of crash occurred or if the ATV somehow overturned on him. This incident is still under investigation with officials.

Sleep apnea exam rules challenged in court

For drivers in North Carolina, trucking accidents can be a major worry: These kinds of crashes can lead to devastating serious personal injuries as well as major property damage. One of the biggest concerns about truck driving safety is the danger posed by drowsy drivers who lose attention and control behind the wheel. However, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a motion for a federal appeals court to rehear its claim that sleep apnea guidelines for screening truck drivers were illegally altered.

Traffic Light Knocked Out by Crash in Arden

Early Tuesday morning, a crash knocked out a traffic light in Arden. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime after midnight on Hendersonville Road, near Royal Pines Drive, by the Shell Gas Station. Very few details about the apparent one-car crash have been released, but initial reports indicate that the vehicle flipped over and hit the traffic light pole.

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