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Seven Hurt in Castle Ford Wreck PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Friday, 25 July 2014 06:04

Seven people were injured—one airlifted—after 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 Osborne’s 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 card—no license—and was charged with No Operator’s 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 none—not even the man airlifted—seemed to have life-threatening injuries, according to Hendrix.

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