On Tuesday afternoon, there was a truck crash on I-26 in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened in the westbound lanes near Exit 33 (NC-191/Brevard Road). Very few details have been released about this crash, but initial reports indicate that a tractor-trailer and a truck pulling a trailer were involved. First responders and crews rushed to the scene.
On Tuesday afternoon, there was a tractor-trailer crash on I-240 in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened in the westbound lanes of the interstate near the Patton Avenue Exit (Exit 3). Very little information has been released about this truck crash, but initial reports indicate that the semi truck overturned beside the roadway. At least one person was trapped and had to be extricated from the wreckage. They were transported to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries.
Earlier this week, there was an injury crash in Swannanoa. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Riceville Road, near McFalls Road. Very little information has been released about this crash, but initial reports indicate that a car crossed the centerline of the roadway and hit a Riceville fire truck head-on. The driver of the car and some firefighters were injured in the crash.
Everything from using the phone to conversations with passengers can distract a North Carolina driver. They should know that this raises their car crash risks. In particular, it makes them 29 times more likely to crash in a highway work zone. This is the conclusion that researchers at the University of Missouri recently arrived at.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is rolling out a new restriction targeting semi trucks on an area of Interstate 26 in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, this week, the NCDOT will be unveiling signs restricting trucks from the far left lane between French Broad River and Long Shoals Road. These efforts are aimed at improving safety through a reduction of congestion-related crashes and driving delays caused by trucks traveling side-by-side uphill toward the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Spring is finally here. With the warmer weather and additional daylight, many North Carolinians are preparing their running shoes and planning their routes around the state to finally get some more fresh air that they’ve been lacking in the last few months.
Early Thursday morning, there was a rollover crash in Transylvania County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Greenville Highway, near Island Ford Road, at about 4:30 a.m. Very few details about this rollover crash have been released, but initial reports indicate that the driver slammed into the guardrail, and the vehicle flipped over.
Over the weekend, at least 22 people were injured in a South Carolina bus crash. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Saturday morning in Georgetown County. Very little information about this wreck has been released, but initial reports indicate that it happened at about 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. For currently unknown reasons, the bus left the roadway and rolled into a ditch. At least 22 people had to be transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries, and one person had to be airlifted. This bus crash is still under investigation with law enforcement officials.
All it takes is one instance of not being alert or attentive for driving to become less safe for North Carolina motorists sharing the road with large semi-trucks. This is what happened with one semi-truck driver who was staring at his tablet computer when his truck collided with a mid-size car and claimed four lives. In 2017 alone, more than 4,000 lives were lost as a result of large truck crashes. As these figures remain on the rise, no significant widespread action has been taken to stop this trend.
Last Friday, there was a crash involving a utility truck in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Mountain Page Road. Although very few details about this truck crash have been released, initial reports indicate that the utility truck left the roadway, went onto the shoulder and then overturned. The truck driver was treated for injuries on the scene. That person was charged with failing to maintain lane control.
On Sunday night, there was a fatal hit-and-run pedestrian crash in Candler. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Monte Vista Road at about midnight. A driver struck and killed a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Very little information has been released, but initial reports indicate that the vehicle in question may be a Maroon 2013 Kia Optima with heavy front-end damage and a loud muffler. The vehicle was last seen heading west on Monte Vista Road, towards Dogwood Road. At this time, law enforcement officials are asking anyone with information about this vehicle or crash to contact the State Highway Patrol.