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A school bus driver is in hot water after leaving the scene of a collision in Weaverville on Friday morning. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 7:30 a.m. Apparently, the school bus was on the way to Weaverville Primary at the time of the crash. The bus reportedly hit the part of the truck where sanitation workers stand as the truck is moving. There was no word on whether or not a sanitation worker was on this part of the truck at the time of the crash. The driver left the scene of the crash, and has since been cited for unsafe movement and leaving the scene. There were eight students on the bus at the time of the collision.

School Bus Accidents in Western North Carolina

Thankfully, no injuries were reported, but the bus driver is suspended until further notice. Although school buses are designed to safely transport children to and from school, they’re not completely without risk. Bus drivers are held to higher standards than other drivers, because they’re transporting children. Parents and caregivers are counting on bus drivers and other roadway users to exercise additional caution around buses and bus stops to keep kids safe. Any type of accident involving a school bus, whether injuries occurred or not, needs to be fully investigated.

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On Monday morning, there was a motorcycle crash on Tunnel Road in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime before 8:05 a.m. First responders with the Asheville Fire Department rushed to the scene to put out a vehicle fire. A portion of the roadway had to be closed for about an hour as crews worked the scene. Although very few details have been released, we do know that the motorcycle rider was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. There is no word on that person’s current condition or on the cause of the crash.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and law enforcement agencies in Asheville and across the nation are asking drivers to Share the Road. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Asheville, contact Davis Law Group P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation.

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Residents in a West Asheville neighborhood are calling on officials to do something about a dangerous stretch of roadway. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Sand Hills School Road has become a popular cut-through to avoid traffic from I-40 to I-26. Collisions, including hit-and-runs, have been increasing on this residential roadway. Many of these wrecks go unreported after a driver takes out a mailbox or a trashcan. They simply just keep driving. Drivers are speeding around this narrow road and have hit power poles, concrete walls, mailboxes, trashcans and even family pets. The speed limit is 35 miles per hour, but witnesses report some cars going through at closer to 50 or 60 miles per hour. A portion of the roadway is even in a school zone.

Speeding in West Asheville

Speeding has become the number one problem on this particular roadway. Residents continually have to replace their mailboxes and pick up their trashcans. There are also reports of cars sliding through stop signs. Parents are concerned about their children getting on and off of the bus. Although many drivers flee the scene too fast for witnesses to get information, officials with the Asheville Police Department are encouraging citizens to get license plate numbers, if they can. Local residents are hoping to get speed bumps or a stoplight in the area to slow down the speedy traffic.

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On Monday, a man was killed when a roof collapsed in Greenville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 6:30 p.m. on Blue Gill Drive in Greer. Although very few details have been released, we do know that 33-year-old Arturo Elizaldo Velasquez was killed due to blunt force trauma to the head. Coworkers reportedly pulled him from the rubble.

There has been no word on what caused this apparent workplace roof collapse. At this time, the investigation is ongoing, and investigators from the Greenville County Coroner’s Office, the Greenville County Sheriffs Office and the Lake Cunningham Fire Department are all working on the case. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to Velasquez’s family members, friends and coworkers.

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On Saturday afternoon, four people were injured in a multi-car crash involving a police officer in Marion. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime after 11:30 a.m. along North Main Street. Sergeant Corey Loftis, with the Marion Police Department, was responding to a call when a Honda struck his patrol car. The driver of the Honda, Frank McMillian, was reportedly trying to make a left turn into the Hospice Resale shop prior to the crash. When the patrol car was hit, it slammed into two parked vehicles. The chain-reaction crash caused a parked vehicle to hit a pedestrian on the scene.

Marion Crash Injures Police Officer

A portion of North Main had to be closed as first responders and crews worked the scene. At least four people, including the pedestrian and the police officer, were injured in this incident. At this time, the collision is under investigation with the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Although none of the injuries were initially reported as life threatening, there has been no word on anybody’s condition or the extent of their injuries.

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Last week, a motorcycle crash in Asheville sent one person to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near the Biltmore Estate exit. The motorcycle rider was reportedly merging into traffic when he somehow lost control of his bike. He struck a guardrail and was injured in the crash. Initial reports indicate that he suffered from serious injuries. He was transported to the hospital for treatment.

At the time of the news report, no other vehicles were suspected to be involved, but this wreck could still be under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash in Asheville or in any of the surrounding mountain communities, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation.

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Officials with the North Carolina Highway Patrol are hoping to increase roadway safety for teens and other motorists during Operation “Drive to Live” this week. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, this pre-prom season safety campaign will be conducted between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. each day. This safety initiative is aimed at reducing the number of teen related injury causing and fatal crashes around the state. In addition to enforcing all traffic laws around the state’s schools, officials with the North Carolina Highway Patrol will also be conducting traffic safety education programs at various high schools prior to the end of the school year.

Young Drivers Crash Facts

  • In 2013, there were 1,691 young drivers (between the ages of 15 and 20 years old) killed in crashes.
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Early Monday morning, a wrong-way crash took the life of one person in Haywood County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on I-40 near the Highway 74 exit, sometime after 3:00 a.m. Apparently, a van was headed the wrong way, when it crashed into a semi truck, head on. The van and the large truck caught fire, and the driver of the van was pronounced dead on the scene.

The truck driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries. At this time, there’s no word on how or why the van was going the wrong way down the highway. The cause of this crash is still under investigation, and the identity of the driver who was killed has not yet been released. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to that person’s family members and friends.

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Officials have released new information about the fatal crash that occurred near Marion last month. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the fiery collision happened on U.S. 221 North, near Marion at about 3:30 p.m. on March 23, 2016. Three people were killed in the crash that involved a pickup truck and a van. Although there were no skid marks on the scene, the pickup reportedly crossed the center lane and struck the oncoming van. Initial witness reports indicate that the truck might have been driving erratically prior to the crash.

Fiery Crash Under Investigation

The cause of this wreck is still under investigation with the North Carolina Highway Patrol. First responders on the scene also reported that this is a familiar issue on this particular stretch of road due to a curve that is difficult to see. The victims were 61-year-old Terry Dixon, 44-year-old Lori Tindel and 48-year-old Robert Gragg. All three people were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

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On Sunday night, a person was killed in an apparent one-vehicle crash in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on I-240 at Chunns Cove Road. At this time, very few details about this wreck have been released, but we do know that the vehicle struck a stop sign, hit an embankment and overturned beside the roadway.

The driver, 35-year-old Justin Neil Greene, was killed in the crash. There has been no word on what caused his vehicle to strike the stop sign, and the crash is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to Greene’s family members, friends and loved ones.