Community members in Jackson County are calling on lawmakers to improve safety on Ledbetter Road. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, a fatal hit-and-run crash took the life of 40-year-old Daniel Brown earlier this summer. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is getting ready to receive $125,000, and community members in Jackson County are hoping for an access road that could be used by residents and Western Carolina University students.
Residents in an Asheville neighborhood have concerns about safety involving a new on-street parking policy. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the new staggered parking policy on Fairfax Avenue was implemented in efforts to slow the traffic down in the residential area. At least one resident is worried that the staggered parking will slow down first responders who may have difficulty navigating swiftly through the street.
Late on Sunday night, a driver was injured in a Lake Toxaway crash. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Silversteen Road, sometime after 10:00 p.m. The driver reportedly ran off of the road, went down an embankment and struck a tree. Very few details about this crash have been released, but initial reports indicate that speed could have been a factor.
On Thursday, there was a fatal two-car crash in Mitchell County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on NC 226 in Spruce Pine, sometime before noon. A Ford Focus was headed north when it reportedly crossed the center lane. The Focus struck a southbound van, head on. The Focus driver, John Casteel of Burnsville, was killed in the crash. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the wreck. At this time, there has been no word on why the Focus crossed the center lane.
On Saturday, there was a vehicle fire on I-26 in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime before 4:00 p.m., in the eastbound lanes. Thankfully, the driver and passenger were able to pull over and get out of the vehicle, and no injuries were reported. First responders were swiftly on the scene, where a portion of I-26 had to be closed until almost 5:00 p.m.
Last week, a car slammed into an East Asheville home. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime before midnight on Old Farm School Road at the intersection of Botany Drive and Lower Grassy Branch Road. A local couple, Frank and Judy Brown, had just turned in for the night when the car came crashing into their bedroom.
A recent WLOS ABC News Channel 13 investigative report focused on the dangers of the I-26 bridge construction area. According to one contractor, safety issues at the particular work zone have caused at least 12 crashes in the area. Although many of these crashes have been attributed to issues like distracted driving, there are still questions as to whether or not the construction area is properly laid out and provides adequate visibility for drivers. Through the course of their investigation, WLOS ABC News Channel 13 found numerous police reports indicating poor visibility and vehicles coming out of their lanes.
On Monday morning, a crash on I-40 had traffic backed up in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened near mile marker 49, sometime around 8:00 a.m. Although very few details have been released, the wreck was described as a 'high severity incident.' Portions of the roadway had to be closed for hours as first responders and crews worked the scene.
On Wednesday afternoon, a car crashed through a mobile home in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 3:00 p.m. in Swannanoa on Linn Garden Lane. At this time, there's no word on how or why the car crashed through the home. At least one person was injured in the collision, and two walls of the home were compromised.
On Monday morning, a South Carolina man was killed in a crash on Hendersonville Road. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime after 6:30 a.m. near the Blue Ridge Parkway overpass. For currently unknown reasons, 56-year-old David Earl Gosnell's truck crossed over four lanes of traffic and collided with another vehicle. Gosnell did not survive his injuries, and the driver in the other vehicle was transported to Mission Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.