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.
Last week, there was a collision involving two semi trucks on I-26 in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened near Brevard Road. Very little information has been released about the wreck, but we do know that two tractor-trailers were involved. First responders and crews rushed to the scene.
Last week, there was a crash involving two tractor-trailers in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Interstate 26, near mile marker 57, near the Henderson and Polk County line. Very few details about this semi truck crash have been released, but we do know that one 18-wheeler struck another big rig. Initial reports indicate that a third commercial vehicle is believed to have pulled onto the interstate from the emergency lane, causing the other two trucks to collide
On Friday, a semi truck overturned on Interstate 40. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened in Haywood County, near Mile Maker 17 and Fines Creek Road. Very few details have been released about this truck crash, but we do know that traffic was backed up for most of the day as crews worked the scene. A portion of the eastbound side of the roadway was closed until nearly 8:00 p.m. Minor injuries were reported on the scene.
On Sunday night, there was a crash involving a semi truck on Interstate 26 in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near the Brevard Road exit at about 9:30 p.m. Initial reports indicate that a semi truck merged into the lane of another vehicle. That vehicle then hit a guardrail and overturned in the roadway. The big rig involved did not stop after the wreck. At this time, it's not clear whether or not the truck driver was aware of the crash.
Last week, a semi truck crash left traffic backed up in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the one-vehicle crash happened sometime before 6:00 a.m. on Sweeten Creek Road at Hendersonville Road. For currently unknown reasons, the truck left the roadway and hit a telephone pole. The tractor-trailer came to rest on its side next to the roadway. The wreck resulted in telephone and internet lines being strewn about the railroad tracks.
On Monday morning, there was a fatal crash involving a semi truck on Airport Road in Fletcher. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near Rockwood and I-26. Apparently, an SUV was trying to make a left onto Rockwood from Airport Road at the same time a semi truck was coming from I-26. The large truck reportedly went straight, and the SUV was in its path. The two vehicles collided, and 84-year-old Jo Williams Conner of Rutherfordton was killed in the crash.