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School Bus Crash in Candler

Earlier this week, there was a crash involving a Buncombe County school bus in Candler. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Monday morning in the 1850 block of Pisgah Highway, near the Davis Creek Road intersection. Initial reports indicate that a Jeep Compass struck the Enka Intermediate School bus.

Truck Crash in Waynesville

On Monday afternoon, there was a crash involving a large truck in Waynesville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Raccoon Road. Very few details about this wreck have been released, but we do know that a driver reportedly lost control of a Consolidated Waste Services (CWS) truck before the vehicle left the roadway and landed in a ditch. Thankfully, no injuries were reported on the scene. Initial reports indicate that the truck may have had a blown tire prior to the crash. A portion of the roadway had to be closed as first responders and crews worked the scene.

Deadly Intersection in Hendersonville

Authorities in Hendersonville are taking a look at the intersection where a deadly motorcycle crash happened on Tuesday. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Tuesday night's fatal motorcycle crash isn't the first of its kind at the intersection for Glover and Spartanburg Highway. Over the past two and a half years, there have been three fatal wrecks at this particular intersection.

Operation Slow Down

It's no secret that speeding is a dangerous behavior behind the wheel, but motorists in North Carolina and across the U.S. are still driving too fast. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is cracking down on speeding offenders and other dangerous drivers this week. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, State Troopers are going to be out in full force cracking down on dangerous drivers. "Operation Slow Down" will run until Sunday, April 20th. State Troopers will be utilizing unmarked and marked patrol vehicles to catch speeders on highways and interstates across North Carolina. According to The Dispatch, over 19,581 citations were issued for a variety of traffic violations during last year's Operation Slow Down.

State Safety Chiefs Push to Ban Cell Phones & Driving

Last week, a coalition of safety chiefs from all across the country convened to discuss ways to reduce the steadily rising number of deaths and injuries in car crashes caused by cell phone use. This group, the Governors Highway Safety Association, caries some serious clout. Each member is the chief safety officer of his/her respective state.

North Carolina Tired Truck Drivers May Get More Rest

Exhaustion can be deadly, especially when an 80,000 pound tractor trailer is involved. Recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that crashes attributed to distractions killed 3,092 people last year. The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has revised the hours-of-service for commercial truck drivers, reducing the maximum number of hours of weekly driving time by 12 hours.

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