Speed was a factor in two accidents on US Highway 421 on Tuesday.

The first happened about 4:30 Tuesday afternoon on 421 near Pine Run Road.

The Watauga Democrat reports Caleb Poteat, age 21 of Chapel Hill, was traveling southbound at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his vehicle while checking his cell phone. The vehicle flipped several times. Poteat was treated for cuts and bruises but was not seriously injured. He's been charged with speeding and reckless driving.

The second accident occurred around 7pm Tuesday evening on 421 North near Hardin Road. According to the Watauga Democrat, Highway Patrol Trooper Townsend said a witness reported a Honda Accord was travelling north on 421 at high speed, went off the road to the left. The driver overcorrected and hit a speed limit sign and went into the ditch, flipping several times, and coming to rest 30 to 40 feet off the highway.

Rescuers had to cut the entire roof off the vehicle to extract the driver, who was airlifted to Johnson City.

According to the report, traffic northbound was blocked for more than an hour, while southbound traffic was blocked briefly to allow for the WINGS helicopter to land in the intersection. The report indicated Trooper Townsend had no information on the driver's condition as of Tuesday evening.