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Snow Hits; Wrecks Follow PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 04:40

Snow began to play a part in traffic troubles across the High Country with traffic accidents piling up during the early evening.  Three Ashe wrecks in the 7 o’clock hour caused several injuries, the first on US 221 at NC 163, and within minutes, another on Beaver Creek School Road—both with injuries.  The third was on Deep Ford Road with no injuries reported, but Deep Ford was closed awaiting DOT treatment of the area.   At about the same time, more serious injuries were reported as a small Chevy pickup slid off Old US 421 in Deep Gap, sliding on its side onto the lot of a business. Watauga Rescue was called to help in extricating the patients along with Deep Gap Fire, rescuers having to cut off the roof to the truck to reach the patients.  Both patients were taken to Watauga Medical Center by Watauga Medics, one emergency traffic suffering chest pains. Watauga Rescue, Deep Gap VFD, Watauga Medics, and Highway Patrol all dealt with that accident. In Ashe, the Beaver Creek Road wreck occurred as Phillip Stephen Walter’s 2008 Chevy skidded across the highway and struck a 2002 VW Beetle.  Walter suffered what appeared to be a broken leg in the crash and was cited for Left of Center while the occupants of the VW suffered cuts and bruises. 
Earlier Monday—and before the precipitation hit— there were several injuries reported—but no one was transported—in an Avery wreck that saw a Ford pickup run off Elk Park Highway, glance off a guard rail, then run back across the highway into a Saturn sedan.  The pickup rolled twice, according to trooper Edwards of the State Patrol, landing on its wheels, but again, no one was transported from the scene by emergency services that responded to the wreck.

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