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October 2018 Archives

Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Blue Ridge Parkway

Over the weekend, there was a fatal multi-vehicle crash that involved a motorcycle on the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Sunday afternoon near Ox Creek Road and Town Mountain Road, at the Tanbark Ridge Overlook. Very few details have been released about this crash, but we do know that a motorcyclist was killed. Initial reports indicate that a vehicle turned in front of a motorcycle and hit it. The impact caused the motorcycle to crash into another motorcycle. The rider on the first motorcycle was killed in the crash. At this time, there has been no word on whether or not any citations or charges have been made.

Fighting distracted driving among truck drivers

Distracted driving poses a major threat to roadway safety in North Carolina. When truck drivers are distracted, however, the risks can be even greater. People in passenger vehicles are at a much greater risk of severe injury and even fatalities in crashes that involve large trucks. In one AAA study, 88 percent of respondents said that distracted driving is the biggest danger on American roads today.

Injury Crash on Tunnel Road

Over the weekend, there was an injury crash on Tunnel Road in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Saturday morning just before noon. Initial reports indicate that this was a one-vehicle crash. For currently unknown reasons, a Geo Tracker overturned in the roadway. Very little information has been released about this crash, but we do know that the driver was injured in the crash.

Activity Bus Wreck in Jackson County

On Tuesday morning, there was a wreck involving an activity bus in Jackson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at 74 Crawford Cemetery Road in Sylva, near the intersection of U.S. 74 (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Very few details have been released about this bus crash, but we do know that the activity bus was transporting a Graham County School District volleyball team at the time of the wreck. Initial reports indicate that the driver apparently passed out behind the wheel. The bus crashed into the median guardrail of the roadway.

Pedestrian Fatally Struck in Clyde

On Saturday night, a pedestrian was fatally struck in Clyde. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Highway 19. Very few details about this fatal collision have been released, but initial reports indicate that a pedestrian was attempting to cross the roadway at the time of the crash. First responders rushed to the scene, but the pedestrian did not survive his injures.

Drunk Driving Crash in Arden

On Tuesday, there was a drunk driving crash in Arden. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Hendersonville Road at about 3:00 a.m. Very little information about the crash has been released, but we do know that the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle and hit a power pole. Initial reports indicate that there were downed power lines in the area.

NHTSA urged to mandate crash avoidance systems for large trucks

Truck accident fatalities around the country rose by an alarming 28 percent to more than 4,300 in 2016 according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration figures. This surge in semi-tractor trailer crash deaths has prompted the National Transportation Safety Board and road safety advocacy groups to urge the agency to make forward collision avoidance systems mandated safety equipment on all large trucks driven in North Carolina and elsewhere. The NTSB has made similar requests to the NHTSA on at least 10 occasions since the technology was developed in the late 1990s.

Box Truck Hits Mobile Home in Asheville

On Sunday morning, a box truck drove into a mobile home in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near North Louisiana Avenue. For currently unknown reasons, the box truck was being recklessly driven in a residential area prior to crashing through a guardrail and hitting the side of the mobile home. There was a family inside of the home at the time of the crash.

Semi Truck Crash in Jackson County Work Zone

On Monday morning, a semi truck crashed into a work zone in Jackson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on U.S. 74 at about 7:00 a.m. Very little information has been released about this crash, but we do know that a tractor trailer reportedly entered a construction work zone near Gindstaff Cove Road and struck a barrier. The driver lost control of the vehicle, and it hit a median and then came to a stop. Thankfully, nobody was working in the work zone at the time of the crash. This was a single-vehicle crash, and no injuries were reported on the scene.

Injury Crash in on U.S. 64 in Henderson County

Last week, there was an injury crash on U.S. 64 in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened about four miles east of Hendersonville. Very little information about this crash has been released, but initial reports indicate that an eastbound Toyota Matrix crossed the centerline and hit a Ford pickup truck hauling a camper trailer.

Fatal Hit and Run in Downtown Asheville

Over the weekend, there was a fatal hit-and-run crash in downtown Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 2:48 a.m., on Sunday morning, near the intersection of South Charlotte Street and Max Street. Very few details about this fatal hit-and-run crash have been released, but we do know that the collision took the life of 29-year-old Bradley Christopher Barnes. The driver involved fled the scene. At this time, officials with the Asheville Police Department are still looking for the driver.

AAA points out over-reliance on car safety tech

In North Carolina and across the U.S., more and more people are relying on driver assistance systems to stay safe on the road. Yet many overestimate the abilities of such technology, forgetting that it's meant to assist, not replace, the driver. This is the conclusion of a recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

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