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On Thursday, there was a crash involving a two semi trucks and a utility truck in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Interstate 26 and sent at least two people to the hospital. The collision occurred at about 10:00 a.m., in the eastbound lanes of I-26, near Exit 44. Very few details about the truck crash have been released, but we do know that a utility truck reportedly merged and collided with a tractor-trailer. That truck hit another big rig, and diesel fuel was spilled onto the roadway. At least two people were transported to Park Ridge Hospital, and a portion of the roadway had to be closed as crews and first responders worked the scene.

Tanker Truck Crash in McDowell County

Last week, we reported on the tanker truck crash that happened in McDowell County. A tanker hauling heating oil overturned beside the roadway and spilled fuel onto the roadway. Although there has been no word on the official cause of the crash, the driver reportedly said that his brakes malfunctioned prior to the wreck. Investigations involving large trucks are often lengthy due to the additional regulations associated with the commercial trucking industry. If malfunctioning brakes or any other type of mechanical issue causes a crash involving a big rig, it’s essential to determine whether or not the vehicle was in full compliance with all safety maintenance regulations.

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On Saturday, there was a fatal wrong-way crash on Interstate 26 (U.S.-19) in Woodfin. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened between exit 24 and 25. Very little information has been released, but we do know that 73-year-old Jimmy Davis of Nashville was headed the wrong way on U.S.-19 North in the southbound lane, when his vehicle hit another vehicle head-on. Davis, a passenger in his vehicle and the other driver were all rushed to Mission Hospital for treatment. Davis did not survive his injuries.

This head-on collision is still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. There has been no word on the extent of injuries involved or on the conditions of the passenger or the other driver. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to Davis’ family members and friends.

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Over the weekend, icy conditions in and around Asheville had traffic at a standstill on many local roadways. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, some drivers were stuck on primary roads, highways and interstates for hours at a time. Some roads, including Interstate 40 at the bottom of Old Fort Mountain, had to be closed for safety. Highway patrol troopers in Western North Carolina report nearly 400 calls for service during the wintery weather conditions. Some of the roads were so slippery that first responders couldn’t get to the wreckage. Many people abandoned their vehicles to walk home in the cold. Listed below are AAA’s tips for safe driving in winter weather conditions.

AAA’s Tips For Winter Weather Driving Safety

  • Stay home, if you can.
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On Friday night, a crash involving two tractor-trailers resulted in an explosion in Polk County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Interstate 26, near Holbert Cove Road. Very little information has been released about this truck crash, but we do know that one of the big rigs was hauling butane at the time of the wreck. Initial reports indicate that one of the trucks collided with the other somewhere near Exit 59, just west of Columbus at Mile Marker 61. Minor injuries were reported with this truck crash. At this time, there has been no word on the cause of the collision, which is likely still under investigation.

Trucking Safety Regulations

Because commercial trucking vehicles are so much larger and heavier than smaller passenger occupant vehicles, there are additional industry-wide safety regulations that all trucks, drivers and trucking companies have to comply with. When trucks are hauling flammable, combustible or hazardous materials, there are even more regulations to ensure safe roadway operation for trucks and other roadway users. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has regulations that include topics ranging from cargo securement and hours-in-service issues to tire maintenance and mechanical safety.

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Early Tuesday morning, a U-Haul truck crashed into a power pole in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on New Leicester Highway, near the entrance of Meadows Apartments and Evelake Drive, at about 4:45 a.m. Very few details about the crash have been released, but we do know that the driver reportedly left the scene after the wreck.

Initial reports indicate that there may have been marijuana in the vehicle. There has been no word on whether or not anybody was injured. This crash is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in or around the Asheville area, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 828-279-7799 for a free

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Over the weekend, NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Jack Ingram was seriously injured in a crash in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Amboy Road, at the intersection of Short Michigan Avenue at Carrier Park. Very few details have been released about the crash, but we do know that it happened just a few hundred feet away from the former Asheville speedway. There has been no word on the cause of the crash, although initial reports indicate that Ingram’s vehicle was hit on Amboy Road. First responders rushed to the scene and Ingram was taken to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries.

NASCAR Hall of Fame Driver Injured in Asheville

In 2014, Jack Ingram was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He was a legendary driver at the Asheville Speedway for many years. At the time of the news report, he was in the intensive care unit. No information has been released on his current condition or the full extent of injuries involved. No other major injuries were reported with this crash. The cause of this wreck is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

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Over the weekend, there were a few wrecks on I-26 in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, there was at least one injury crash on I-26 in Buncombe County. With additional holiday traffic, the roadways in and around Asheville were very busy. Traffic was at a standstill in westbound lanes of I-26 near the Airport Road exit on Sunday.

An additional wreck was reported near Brevard Road. No information was released on whether or not any injuries were involved in that crash. Motorists in the area were told to expect delays for most of the day. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in or around the Asheville area, contact the skilled and proven team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 828-279-7799 for a free case consultation today.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual Thanksgiving safety campaign. Their “Make It To The Table” campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers associated with drinking and driving. Traditionally, Thanksgiving eve has been known for an increase in injury causing and fatal crashes involving drunk drivers. According to the NHTSA, Thanksgiving is the deadliest holiday on U.S. roadways. This year, they’re reminding motorists that even one empty seat at the table is one too many.

Thanksgiving Crash Facts

  • During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2015, there were 301 passenger vehicle occupants killed in U.S. crashes.
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Last week, a pedestrian was struck and injured by a vehicle on Haywood Road. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near Brevard Road. Very few details about the wreck have been released, but we do know that the pedestrian was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. There has been no word on that person’s current condition or the extent of injuries involved. Additionally, no information has been released on whether or not the driver involved was cited. This crash could still be under investigation with local law enforcement officials.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident in Asheville or in any of the surrounding Western North Carolina communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 828-279-7799 for a free case consultation today.

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On Friday morning, there was a semi truck crash on Interstate 240 near downtown Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near Mile Marker Three, sometime around 2:45 a.m. Very few details about this tractor trailer crash have been released, but we do know that the large commercial truck overturned near Jackson’s curve by Jackson’s Western Store on Patton Avenue. A portion of the roadway had to be closed until about 10:00 a.m. Initial reports indicate that the truck was hauling 2-ethylhexyl phthalate, which is a chemical used to make plastics.

Tractor Trailer Crash Near Downtown Asheville

First responders diverted traffic onto Patton Avenue as crews worked the scene. Morning commuters had to deal with delays in the area until well into the morning. Thankfully, none of the chemicals were spilled onto the road during the crash. Additionally, no injuries were reported on the scene. There has been no word on why the truck overturned or what happened prior to the crash. The crash is likely still under investigation, and the truck driver may be facing citations.

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