- Written by Steve Frank
Seven people were injuredone airliftedafter a crash yesterday morning on Castle Ford Road. The crash occurred just after 11am as a 1989 Ford pickup, driven by Michael Eric Osborne Jr., 21, came off NC 194 and went left of center in a curve, were trooper T.B. Hendrix of the State Patrol said it struck the 2007 Chevy SUV of Leroy Jay Burgess, 71, of Boone. The nearly head-on impact caused injuries serious enough for one of Osbornes passengers, John Wallace, 21, of Boone, so that he was rushed to a landing zone set up on a ball field at Hardin Park School where he was picked up by Med Center Air for a flight to Winston-Salem Baptist Hospital. The other six involved were eventually taken to Watauga Medical Center by Watauga Medics as ambulances from Watauga and Blowing Rock Rescue were suddenly busy with a rash of medical calls across the county, Meat Camp Fire, Watauga Rescue, Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue, State Highway Patrol and Watauga County Sheriff's Office all helping at the scene. Trooper Hendrix said that Michael Eric Osborne Jr. presented him with an ID cardno licenseand was charged with No Operators License, No Insurance, Failure to Register the vehicle, Fictitious Plate, and an Inspection Violation for the pickup. In the SUV, Burgess, his wife and daughter suffered some injuries but nonenot even the man airliftedseemed to have life-threatening injuries, according to Hendrix.