Accident on 74 slows morning traffic

Sep 10, 2013
Photo by: Shelby Harrell Members of the Waynesville Police Department and NCDOT load a wrecked Chevrolet Tracker onto a tow truck after the driver flipped it during an accident on the highway.

Anyone driving eastbound on Highway 74 at about 10 a.m. Tuesday morning likely experienced slowed traffic near exit 98 in Waynesville due to an accident involving an 18-wheeler and a Chevrolet.

According to Tim Carver, an officer with the Waynesville Police Department, a female driver in a silver Chevrolet Tracker accidentally cut in front of an 18-weeler hauling logs. She rammed into the guardrail and caused a collision between the two vehicles. The 18-wheeler suffered minimal damage but the smaller car was flipped and landed upside down on the highway.

“She said she didn’t see me and cut right across from me,” said Gary Cross, who was driving the 18-wheeler to Rutherfordton when he hit the Chevorolet. “She hit the guard rail and I couldn’t go around her. I slammed on the brakes and she hit me and started rolling in front of the truck.”

Carver said the female in the Chevrolet only suffered minor injuries and was transported to Medwest Haywood shortly after the incident. The truck driver was not injured.

Carver said he was called to the scene at about 9:45 a.m. and traffic had been slowed for about half an hour before the accident was cleared.

“My guess is she was on the bypass on (exit) 98 and didn’t see the truck in her blind spot,” he said.

Carver wouldn’t release the identity of the injured female driver.

Jody Moore, with the North Carolina Department of Transportation Incident Management Assistance Patrols (IMAP), said he arrived on scene to help clear the wreck off the highway.

“We hooked the vehicle and flipped it back over and took it back over to the side,” Moore said. “The vehicle was laying on its top with the top crushed in. As far as I can tell, it looked like it was totaled.”