Road conditions treacherous

By Vicki Hyatt | Jan 06, 2017
This pickup overturned about 7:30 p.m. on U.S. 276 South Friday evening once driver Anthony Cioce hit an icy bridge traveling at a low rate of speed.

Road conditions are treacherous in southern Haywood County where temperatures dropped to 25 degrees and snowfall is heavy.

Anthony Cioce overturned his pickup about 2 miles past Frank's Grocery about 7:30 p.m. Friday.

"It was all over once I hit the bridge," he said. Within minutes, Center Pigeon Fire Department was on the scene, even though the territory was in the Cruso territory.

"We were out in the area anyway," a volunteer said, noting that calls had begun picking up.

Meanwhile, there was little news about the ongoing search for two lost hikers in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area. Haywood County spokesperson Dona Stewart said advanced search teams had joined the search party and efforts would proceed through the night.