A 19-month old girl died after the Kia SUV her family was in slid on a patch of icy roadway heading toward Blowing Rock, Saturday afternoon, skidding into the path of a Motor Home traveling south. The child, Taylor Woodruff, of Lower Cedar Valley Road, Hudson, was killed,
her mother, Victoria Woodruff, taken to Caldwell Memorial, then transferred to Carolinas Medical Center, while a 4-year old sibling, Chase Woodruff, was taken to surgery at Caldwell Memorial, then transferred to Baptist in Winston-Salem. Trooper Hamby’s report identified the driver of the SUV as Jason Pruitt of King Street in Boone, who was slightly hurt, and there were no injuries in the RV. Blowing Rock Fire/Rescue responded to the 1:25pm wreck along with a unit from Watauga Medics.
Wrecks in the wintry weather were numerous Saturday and Sunday. By noon Saturday, roads were treacherous, especially the tops of the ridge line dropping off to the foothills, with accidents at the top NC 16 in Ashe, tractor-trailers blocking US 221 in Crossnore, and Shulls Mill Road near the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Accidents on slick roads continued Sunday, with a Beaver Dam area crash around 9:30am involving a woman whose car ran off of the road and into the creek. She was heard calling for help when passers-by called in the wreck—her car on its side in the water, but she refused transport to the hospital after being pulled from the car by Beaver Dam firemen.
An accident at about 12:45 yesterday afternoon in Ashe County involved a car running off NC 16 North striking a tree, injuring two. Paramedics and first responders dealt with the injured at the Glendale Springs area wreck, the state patrol investigating.