Thursday, 08 November 2007 06:35
A tractor-trailer accident on 321 near Aho Road just
before nine a.m. has been blamed on speed and alcohol.
37-year-old Gerald Hicks
Jr. of South Carolina was traveling towards Boone from Blowing Rock when he hit
the curve too fast, Trooper Chris Morgan says. The truck overturned and hit a
guardrail, blocking rush hour traffic. Hicks was transported to Watauga Medical
Center and is expected to recover. He has been charged with driving while
impaired, driving a commercial vehicle while impaired and exceeding a safe
speed. Morgan says his blood alcohol was approximately twice the legal limit.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash, and rescue workers worked quickly
and efficiently to clear lanes for traffic within an hour.