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November 2018 Archives

Automatic braking systems seem effective

Rear-end collisions account for about one in three traffic accidents in North Carolina and around the country, but autonomous safety systems that monitor the road ahead and apply vehicle brakes automatically could prevent many of them according to a study published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The nonprofit organization says that the technology reduces rear end-collisions by about 40 percent and prevents injuries by up to 68 percent when accidents do occur.

Fatal Multi Car Crash in McDowell County

Last week, there was a fatal three-vehicle crash in McDowell County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Friday afternoon, on N.C. 226, near the Harmony Grove Road intersection. Very few details about this fatal wreck have been released, but initial reports indicate that one person died on the scene, and two others were rushed to the Mission Trauma Center in Asheville for treatment of injuries. No additional information about the injured motorists has been released.

Fatal Semi Truck Crash in Marion

Over the weekend, there was a fatal crash involving a Kia Sportage and a tractor-trailer in Marion. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened at the intersection of 221 and 226 South at about 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. Very few details about this fatal crash have been released, but we do know that a northbound semi truck on N.C. 226 entered the intersection of 226 and 221 as another vehicle was entering from the opposite direction. Initial reports indicate that the vehicles collided in the middle of the intersection, and the wreckage came to rest just north of the intersection, on the 221 North Bypass.

Stolen Truck Hits Van in Asheville

Last week, a driver in a stolen truck hit a van on Interstate 240 in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened last Tuesday, sometime after 7:00 p.m. Very little information has been released about this crash, but initial reports indicate that a driver stole a truck from the Citgo parking lot on Amboy Road. The truck hit a van, which had a flat tire and was parked beside the roadway.

Troopers Getting Ready for Busy Holiday Travel

Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol are currently preparing for the busy upcoming holiday weekend. As Thanksgiving approaches, motorists can expect to see an increase in law enforcement officers on roadways across the State or North Carolina. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, state troopers will be out in full force for the holiday weekend. Starting on Wednesday, November 21, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol will be participating in the Thanksgiving I-40 challenge. This is a joint campaign, which will run until Sunday, and seven other states are participating. The State Highway Patrol plans to have troopers stationed every 20 miles along I-40.

Single Vehicle Injury Crash in Black Mountain

Last week, there was a single vehicle injury crash in Black Mountain. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Thursday night on Highway Nine. For currently unknown reasons, a red truck left the roadway and crashed into some trees. At least one person was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. There has been no word on the full extent of injuries involved, but that person was expected to be okay.

West Henderson High Student Killed in Wreck

On Monday afternoon, a West Henderson High School student was killed in a wreck on Christ School Road. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 1:40 p.m. Very few details about the fatal wreck have been released, but initial reports indicate that 17-year-old Alexis Moffitt lost control of her Honda Civic. The vehicle crossed the centerline of the road and crashed into a truck. Moffitt was pronounced dead on the scene, and the driver in the other vehicle was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries.

Inspectors sideline nearly 5,000 trucks for brake violations

Commercial trucks in North Carolina and elsewhere are required to meet certain safety standards to prevent accidents. However, a recent inspection blitz by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance found that around 14 percent of trucks are riding around with serious braking issues.

Child Struck and Injured in Asheville Parking Lot

On Tuesday afternoon, a four-year-old child was struck and injured by a hit-and-run driver in an Asheville parking lot. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened in the Food Lion parking lot along Smokey Park Highway at about 5:00 p.m. Very few details have been released, but initial reports indicate that the child was treated for injuries on the scene.

Children Injured in School Bus Crash in Robbinsville

On Friday morning, several students were hospitalized after a school bus crash in Robbinsville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 7:20 a.m. on Frank's Creek Road. For currently unknown reasons, a Robbinsville Middle / High School bus veered off of the roadway and went down an embankment. The bus hit a tree and then overturned in a creek. First responders rushed to the scene where multiple children were injured. Everybody was taken to the hospital for evaluation and treatment of injuries. At least four students were hospitalized with serious injuries, including a child with a punctured lung and other children with various broken bones.

Head-On Crash in Transylvania County

Over the weekend, there was a head-on collision on Highway 64 in Transylvania County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 10:00 p.m. on Saturday night, near the intersection of Crab Creek Road. Very little information has been released about this crash, but we do know that at least two people were seriously injured. Initial reports indicate that a driver crossed the center lane and hit another vehicle head on.

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