|UPDATE: One Dead, 9 Hurt in Parkway Wreck|
|Written by Steve Frank|
|Saturday, 18 June 2011 15:05|
The father of the driver of the car that crashed on the Blue Ridge Parkway Saturday died of his injuries late Saturday night at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, according to Parkway Police. Of the 9 other people hurt, six are in ICU at Baptist—including one of two children—an 8-year old girl. The deceased was identified as 74-year old Noshir Basrai, who had the same name and his son—the driver—who is listed as being 43.
The elder Basrai coded on the medics crew en route to the Winston-Salem hospital, was revived, but later died, according to Parkway Police. Their report says that two families of 5, grandparents, parents, and a child each—10 in all—were traveling in the Honda Pilot west-bound as it careened 80 feet off the Blue Ridge Parkway just past US 221, slamming into a grove of trees, landing on its side 50 feet down the embankment. Blowing Rock Fire/Rescue was called to the scene at about 1:40, along with Watauga Medics, Parkway Police and Watauga Sheriff’s deputies. They found the ten occupants of the SUV, the Basrai family from Clemmons, NC,(not Clemson SC as originally reported by PPD) and the other 5 from Columbus, Ohio, suffering a number of injuries, some pinned in, and called for air ambulances to land at Price Park. But a fast-moving weather system was soon drenching the emergency crews and keeping any landing from taking place, and medics had to rush the victims to Watauga Medical Center emergency traffic. Rescue crews secured the vehicle to keep it from tipping further, then worked for over an hour to cut off the top and remove the injured parties and carefully get them up the storm-soaked hill to the waiting ambulances. The Parkway Police report says that the 43-year old Noshir Basrai, the driver, suffered only minor injuries as did his daughter, and that the other front seat passenger, the father of the second family, from Columbus, Ohio, also suffered only minor injuries. Parkway Police still have the matter under investigation.
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