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Truck Driver Charged with DWI Twice in Five Hours

A few weeks ago, a truck driver in Haywood County was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) twice in the span of about five hours. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, tractor-trailer driver Daryl Garrett was pulled over on the evening of August 14, 2018. The officer involved noticed he had slurred speech and other signs of impairment. There was also alcohol in the vehicle. Garrett was arrested and charged with DWI and commercial DWI at that time. He was then issued a $5,000 unsecured bond at the magistrate's office. He made that bond and was able to leave.

Fatal Truck Crash in Fletcher

Last week, there was a fatal crash involving a large truck in Fletcher. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on U.S.-25, near Smiley's Flea Market. Although very little information has been released about this fatal truck crash, initial reports indicate that a sedan and a Spartanburg Recycling truck collided head-on. The driver in the sedan, 42-year-old David Anthony Sapp, was ejected from the vehicle. He died on the scene as a result of his injuries.

Crash Involving Fire Truck in Brevard

Over the weekend, two people were injured in a crash involving a fire truck in Brevard. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Old Rosman Highway near the Queens Mini Mart at about 9:45 p.m. on Sunday. Very little information has been released about this crash, but we do know one person had to be airlifted to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Woman Fatally Hit by Work Truck

Last week, a Burnsville woman was fatally hit by a work truck. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Thursday morning in the parking lot of the Shell station on East Main Street. Very little information has been released about this collision, but we do know that the work truck was being driven by a 24-year-old from Knoxville, Tennessee.

Tanker Truck Crash in McDowell County

Last week, there was a tanker truck crash in McDowell County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Thursday afternoon near the intersection of Highway 226 South and Interstate 40. Initial reports indicate that the tanker was hauling heating oil at the time of the crash. During the crash, the truck overturned and reportedly spilled gasoline and maybe heating oil onto the roadway. The driver claims that the brakes malfunctioned at the red light causing him to lose control of the large vehicle. A portion of Highway 226 had to be closed in both directions as first responders and crews worked the scene.

Overturned Truck on I-40

On Tuesday afternoon, there was a truck crash on Interstate 40 in Haywood County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near the exit for Newfound Road. Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know that a pickup truck towing a camper overturned on the roadway.

Tractor Trailer Crash on Interstate 40

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.

Big Rig Crash on I-40 West

On Sunday afternoon, there was a tractor-trailer crash on I-40 west. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near the Tennessee border in Haywood County. For currently unknown reasons, the truck became separated from its trailer near Clyde at Mile Marker Three. The cab of the large truck slid down the roadway for about 500 feet. The trailer was left on the shoulder of the road, and the truck's cab partially blocked the roadway. I-40 West was backed up for nearly 10 miles as crews and first responders worked the scene. At this time, there has been no word on the cause of the truck crash or whether or not anybody was injured.

Commercial Trucking Safety on Mountain Roads

WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently looked into commercial trucking safety on mountain roads in and around Asheville. The News 13 Investigative Team wanted to find out if it's legal for semi trucks to take smaller country roads, like Highway 208, to bypass weigh stations in the area. According to a North Carolina Highway Patrol (NCHP) Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement division officer, it depends on the situation. It's legal for some trucks to travel on smaller roads, but not for others. For example, on Highway 208, trailers over 48 feet are banned for safety reasons. If drivers disregard safety regulations to make time, avoid weigh stations or get around safety inspections, they're putting lives at risk.

Tractor-Trailer Crash on US-19

On Monday morning, a tractor-trailer overturned on westbound US-19. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the truck crash happened in Swain County near Bryson City. Both westbound lanes of US-19, about two miles west of Silvermine Road, had to be closed for a portion of time as crews and first responders worked the scene. Although very little information has been released about this truck crash, we do know that the trailer came loose during the wreck. The truck driver was transported to Haywood Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. At this time, there has been no word on the cause of this semi truck crash. The incident is likely still under investigation with authorities.

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