Last week, a semi truck overturned on I-26 in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened in the westbound lanes, near the airport exit. Very little information has been released about this truck crash, but we do know that it happened at about 12:30 a.m. on Thursday. Initial reports indicate that the big rig went off of the road and then flipped over the median.
Teen drivers in North Carolina and other states are often considered to be the ones who are more likely to take risks while behind the wheel. According to results from a university study, a realistic supplemental drivers' education program that includes emergency room, ICU and morgue visits may boost awareness of risky driving behaviors among younger drivers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the leading cause of accidental teen deaths are motor vehicle collisions.
Western North Carolina communities have felt the impact of Hurricane Florence on roadways and in various neighborhoods around Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, intersections in Asheville lost power due to outages. Stoplights on Hendersonville Road, from Biltmore Village to Long Shoals Road experienced power loss. Local motorists were reminded to treat intersections with power outages as four-way stops. From power outages to flooded roadways and neighborhoods, Hurricane Florence devastated communities across Western North Carolina.
The Carolinas got hit hard by Hurricane Florence and are beginning to recover from the excessive flooding in their towns. Unfortunately, if 2017 was any indicator, North Carolina’s residents know that this might not be the only hurricane that they experience this year. Even if the state gets lucky for the rest of 2018, there is no guarantee safer weather in 2019.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is gearing up for Child Passenger Safety Week. From September 23-29, 2018, safety agencies across the nation will be raising awareness about the importance of child passenger safety. During this week, the NHTSA and the Ad Council will be launching public service announcements about the importance of protecting children at every stage of life.
Last week, three people were injured in a crash on U.S. 64 in Transylvania County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near the Henderson County line. There were two vehicles involved, and one of them was a Penske truck. There were two teens from West Henderson High School in one of the vehicles. They were injured, and so was the driver of the Penske truck. First responders from Transylvania and Henderson Counties rushed to the scene, where the roadway had to be closed for a couple of hours.
On Monday morning, there was an overturned tractor-trailer in Rutherford County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened in the westbound lanes of U.S. 74, just past Exit 178, near Cleghorn Mill Road. Very few details have been released about this truck crash, but we do know that there were significant delays in the area.
Two-lane rural highways in North Carolina can be dangerous, especially at intersections. This was certainly true at one high-speed spot where only a stop sign was in place to manage traffic flow. Following a fatal accident, the Department of Transportation cleared vegetation and installed signs letting drivers know about the upcoming stop. Despite such efforts, there were two more serious accidents at the same interaction. The solution that ended up producing noticeable results was the installation of a rural roundabout, which forces traffic to flow in one direction around a central island.
On Tuesday afternoon, there was a semi truck crash in Polk County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 1:00 p.m. on I-26 near Holbert Cove Road. Very little information has been released about this truck crash, but we do know that the truck driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle and it overturned in the roadway. A portion of I-26 eastbound had to be closed as crews and first responders worked the scene. Additionally, the tractor-trailer was apparently loaded with chicken and bacon at the time of the crash.