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Early Sunday morning, a crash involving a semi truck sent at least two people to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime around 4:30 A.M. in the westbound lanes of I-26, near the Long Shoals Road exit (Exit 37). For currently unknown reasons, an SUV collided with the large commercial truck. Both occupants inside of the SUV had to be taken to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured in the crash.

Tractor Trailer Crash in Asheville

As they cleared the scene, first responders and other crews had to shut down an area of Interstate 26 in South Asheville. At this time, very few details about the crash have been released. We do not know how or why the crash happened. Wrecks involving commercial trucks often take additional investigative efforts due to the federal safety regulations involved.

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On Wednesday, Buncombe County and other counties across North Carolina participated in Stop Arm Violation Count Day. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, bus drivers were asked to pay special attention to any drivers illegally passing school buses while their stop arms were extended. Although it seems obvious, drivers should not be passing stopped school buses where children are loading and unloading. Buncombe County alone averages about 70 violations every day.

Since 1999, drivers illegally passing stopped school buses have killed 14 students in North Carolina. Thankfully, many buses are now outfitted with cameras that could lead to improved enforcement of illegal passing.

If your child has been injured in a school bus accident or while getting on or off a school bus, contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation.

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Last Friday, a worker was killed on a worksite in Rutherford County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime around 11:45 a.m. at a Sisk Grading Site. Apparently, the worker, Blake Luckadoo, was somehow thrown from a machine he was running. Very few details have been released, but we do know that a fellow employee found Luckadoo, unresponsive. Luckadoo was pronounced dead on the scene by first responders.

Daniel Road Grading Site

The grading site was off Daniel Road in Forest City. Workers in the 14-person company, Sisk Grading, were pretty shaken up after the deadly incident. Luckadoo had worked for the company for almost 10 years. There’s no word on how this terrible incident could have happened, and it is likely under investigation with authorities.

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On Monday evening, a teen was seriously injured in a crash involving a suspected drunk driver in Anderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Breyona Williams had to be air lifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital from the crash scene on Highway 76 in Pendleton. Williams left the Dairy Queen in Pendleton sometime around 8:30 p.m., just before the wreck. She only got a few miles down the road when her car and 52-year-old Ted Arrowood’s truck collided.

At this time, the crash is still under investigation with law enforcement officers. Arrowood was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. There’s no word on Williams’ current condition or the extent of her injuries, but at the most recent report, she was fighting for her life.

The whole team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes Williams a full and swift recovery from her injuries.

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A crash in Polk County is reminding drivers about the importance of observing all signs and signals on the roadway. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened midday on Tuesday. Apparently, a driver cut through an area that’s designated for official use only. The driver of a Chevrolet Impala attempted to turn left through an official-use only access way and collided with a Jeep Liberty headed east on I-26. The Jeep overturned and rolled several times.

Three People Injured in I-26 Crash

At least one person was taken to Mission Hospital, and two others were taken to Pardee Hospital. Law enforcement officers want to remind drivers that the cut-throughs are for official vehicles, emergency response vehicles and other first responders on official duty only. While it may look like a tempting short cut, it’s an unsafe and unlawful idea. Traditional motorists don’t have the skills or training to comprehend the speed of oncoming traffic in these areas, so it makes using this type of cut-through dangerous, or even deadly.

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On Thursday morning, there were multiple wrecks on the same stretch of I-40 in Candler. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, two crashes happened back-to-back just around 10:00 a.m., near mile marker 38. Witness reports indicate that the driver in the initial wreck may have hydroplaned before her car flipped and rolled over multiple times.

Although injured, she was able to walk away from the scene. Very few details have been released about the second crash, but first responders said speed could have been a factor in either crash. If people are driving too fast for conditions, they’re putting their lives and the lives of other roadway users at risk.

Fire and rescue officials are calling on drivers to slow down on wet roads and when they see crews working scenes. If you have been injured in a car accident, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 today.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just issued the results of two drunk driving studies. Apparently, while drunk driving crashes have declined, there has been an increase in drugged driving across the U.S. The NHTSA has been working hard over the past few decades to increase the awareness about the dangers of drunk driving, and it shows. Unfortunately, there has been less of an emphasis on the dangers of drug use behind the wheel.

The Research

The NHTSA reports that one particular study, the Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers, found that the number of alcohol-impaired drivers has declined by nearly one-third since 2007. They also found that in a 2014 survey, at least one in four drivers tested positive for at least one drug that could affect safety behind the wheel. They also report that the number of weekend nighttime drivers with evidence of drugs in their system climbed from 16.3 percent in 2007 to 20 percent in 2014. Drivers with marijuana in their systems grew by almost 50 percent.

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A report from WLOS ABC News Channel 13’s Facebook page indicated a crash involving a semi truck happened on Dogwood Road in Candler this morning. Very few details were released, but we do know that crews were expected to be in the area cleaning the wreckage and clearing the road for hours.

Although there’s been no comment on the cause of the crash, which may or may not have included icy conditions, the truck appeared to leave the roadway. There’s no word on whether or not any other vehicles were involved or if any injuries were reported. Commuters were asked to avoid the area as first responders and crews worked the scene.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a semi truck accident, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation today.

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Crashes are being reported in and around Asheville this morning. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, multiple wrecks were reported all over the region. At least one collision involved as many as three automobiles. Injuries were reported, but very few details about the multi-car crash were released. There’s no word on those victims’ current conditions. A crash involving an Asheville Police Officer occurred on Long Shoals Road at CP&L Drive, near Ingles. Portions of the roadway had to be closed as crews worked the scene. There was no information about when the road was going to be open again.

If Possible, Stay Home

Law enforcement officials were calling on citizens to stay home, if possible. Roadways in and around the region are covered in snow and ice, and travel is not advised. Keeping the roadways open for emergency response vehicles needs to be a top priority too. As snow continues to fall, first responders are likely expecting to see additional collisions on the icy roadways. If you do have to travel during poor weather conditions, there are ways to improve safety.

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Earlier this week, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol issued a press released regarding winter weather driving safety across the state. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 reported on the wintry conditions facing drivers this week. Officials with the CHP are asking citizens to avoid travel, when possible. If you have to get behind the wheel, the CHP has a few tips for increasing safety.

Winter Weather Roadway Safety Tips

• Decrease speed • Buckle up • Increase distance between vehicles • Use caution on bridges and overpasses