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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.

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On Monday, a two-car crash in Brevard sent at least four people to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Rosman Highway at Good Neighbor Drive and Clement Road. Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know that at least one person was airlifted to an Asheville hospital for treatment of injuries.

First responders with the Brevard Fire Department were swiftly on the scene. There has been no word on the cause of the crash or on anybody’s current condition. This wreck could still be under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes everybody involved in the crash swift and full recoveries.

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On Saturday afternoon, at least three people were injured in a Hendersonville crash involving a Henderson County Deputy. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime around 1:51 p.m. at the intersection of Four Seasons Boulevard and Dana Road. The Deputy was reportedly headed south on Dana Road with flashing lights on when an eastbound minivan on Four Seasons Boulevard collided with the patrol car. The minivan also struck another vehicle in the wreck. The deputy was responding to a call at the time of the crash.

Three People Injured in Hendersonville Crash

The deputy and two people in the minivan were injured in the crash. The third car involved in the wreck sustained some damage during the collision. Although there has been no word on the extent of injuries associated with the crash, everybody who was involved is expected to be okay. At this time, no charges have been filed, but the crash remains under investigation.

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Last week, a road rage incident involving a gun happened in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Friday. A female driver was reportedly shot at after turning in front of another driver. The other driver, in an apparent fit of rage over being cut off, fired off shots. The female driver called 911 and immediately drove to a police station in east Asheville.

Law enforcement authorities pursued a gold Kia SUV, but they did not apprehend a suspect. Initial reports indicate that the driver may live in the local area. Thankfully, the woman was not hurt during the incident. This dangerous case of road rage is likely still under investigation. If you or somebody you love has been injured in a road rage incident in or around Asheville, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.

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On Sunday morning, an SUV in Clyde crashed into the front of a Post Office. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident occurred at about 10:30 a.m. An elderly driver was behind the wheel at the time of the crash. The driver and a passenger were both transported to Haywood Regional Medical Center. Thankfully, nobody was inside of the post office when the SUV crashed through.

The crash severely damaged the front of the post office. Stonework was damaged and glass was shattered. Although very few details about the one-car crash have been released, initial reports indicate that pedal error may have been a factor. The cause of this crash is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

If you have been injured in a car accident in or around Asheville, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897.

 

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Officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and Buncombe County have been prepping roadways for the impending winter weather. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 reports that thousands of gallons of brine solution have been sprayed onto area interstates in preparation for snow and ice. Officials with NCDOT are hoping this proactive approach will help to keep mountain roads safe during and after any wintry precipitation. Local residents have also been stocking up on shovels and ice melting supplies for their own driveways, sidewalks and walkways.

Staying Safe in Winter Weather

In efforts to improve roadway safety during and after winter wintry weather, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been promoting their “Focus on Safety- Winter Driving” campaign all season. Not only do they have a great checklist for pre-storm vehicle preparation, they also have a variety of great tips for navigating wintry roadways safely. Their interactive Winter Driving Safety website also offers motorists information on what to do in the event of a breakdown or an emergency.

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Officials with the Asheville Police Department (APD) are calling on motorists to clear snow and ice from their vehicles before getting behind the wheel. The APD’s Facebook page recently shared a viral dash-cam video of a driver’s window being struck and shattered by a flying chunk of ice that dislodged from the car in front of it. It may take a few extra minutes, but it’s absolutely essential to clear all snow and ice from your car before hitting the road. Just scraping your windows isn’t enough. If you leave ice and snow on your vehicle, it can melt, blow off and dislodge while you’re driving. Even at relatively low speeds, it’s a recipe for disaster for the cars and trucks behind you.

North Carolina Department of Public Safety Storm Stats

  • Over 4,600 calls for assistance were made to the State Highway Patrol.