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.
Over the weekend, there was a motorcycle crash on Chimney Rock Road in Hendersonville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Saturday night, near the intersection of Gilliam Road. Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know that Edneyville Fire and Rescue responded to the scene. At least two people were injured in this crash, maybe more. Initial reports indicate that a motor vehicle and a motorcycle were involved in the collision. Even before first responders arrived on the scene, bystanders rendered aid to the injured people.
Over the weekend, there was a fatal motorcycle crash in Hendersonville County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Chimney Rock Road at Hominy Branch Road on Sunday night at about 9:30 p.m. Very few details about the crash have been released, but initial reports indicate that a female passenger on the motorcycle was ejected during the wreck. She reportedly hit a guardrail and suffered from a fatal head injury. The driver of the motorcycle was also injured in the crash. That person was rushed to a local hospital for treatment. At this time, law enforcement officials are looking into whether speed and intoxication could have been factors in this crash.
Over the weekend, there was a motorcycle injury crash in Clyde. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened in Haywood County at about 5:00 p.m. on an I-40 ramp. Very few details have been released, but we do know that the wreck occurred along I-40 west on the bridge close to Exit 27 near Clyde. For currently unknown reasons, the motorcycle ran off of the roadway and hit a guardrail. The motorcycle rider was seriously injured in the crash, but there has been no word on that person's current condition or on the full extent of injuries. No other vehicles appeared to be involved, but the crash is still under investigation with local law enforcement officials.
Governor Roy Cooper is currently raising awareness about the dangers facing motorcycle riders in North Carolina. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, you're five times more likely to be injured in a motorcycle crash than any other type of vehicle, and you're 29 times more likely to die. Motorcycle riders are still one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups in North Carolina and across the nation. At this time, the Asheville Police Department is increasing motorcycle patrols in the Town Mountain area. They're also encouraging riders to wear protective gear and helmets.
On Tuesday night, two people were injured in a crash involving a motorcycle in Transylvania County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at Crab Creek Road and Cascade Lake road, near the Little River Baptist Church, at about 9:00 p.m. Very few details about this wreck have been released, but we do know that there was a car and a motorcycle involved.
On Saturday afternoon, there was a crash involving a motorcycle and a car near Soco Gap. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at milepost 455 sometime around 3:00 p.m. For currently unknown reasons, a motorcycle and a car collided on the roadway. Very few details have been released about this crash, but we do know that at least one person was airlifted to Mission Hospital and another person was transported to Haywood Regional Hospital.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is spreading the word about motorcycle safety this month. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and officials with the NHTSA are calling on drivers and motorcyclists to share the responsibility for roadway safety. Motorcycle riders are one of the most vulnerable groups of roadway users. They don't have seat belts or protective steel cages to rely on in the event of a crash. At best, they have helmets, jackets, gloves, boots and vests, but that gear can only do so much in a severe or catastrophic accident. While they can certainly improve personal safety through the use of the above-mentioned protective gear, motorcycle riders are truly at the mercy of other drivers and motorists on the roadways. The NHTSA is calling on drivers and other roadway users to "Share the Road" with motorcyclists this month and all yearlong.