Pilot Mountain News

Snow causes multiple accidents

Wednesday’s snow has caused a number of problems on area highways, including one crash that left flames billowing from the wreckage and necessitated Dobson Police Chief Shawn Myers and an unidentified motorist pulling the driver to safety.

“There are accidents everywhere,” said John Shelton, Surry Emergency Services director late Wednesday morning.

The worst of the many weather-related accidents brought on by Wednesday’s snowfall involved tractor-trailers on major highways; a collision between two of them on U.S. 52 and another on Interstate 74 involving a fuel truck that burst into flames, according to Shelton. Neither involved fatalities.

U.S. 52

The U.S. 52 collision, which occurred at the Armstrong overpass at 10:35 a.m., left one of the trucks dangling from the road and the other smashed against a guardrail.

“The truck was actually hanging over the bridge,” said Shelton. “I don’t know how the driver got out of there.”

Shelton reported that all of U.S. 52 South was blocked by the accident.

Interstate 74

The Interstate 74 wreck involved a fuel truck, requiring a HAZMAT team, according to Shelton.

“There are no fatalities, as of yet,” said Shelton, “but the roads are terrible. The interstate and 52 are terrible. All of the roads are terrible.”

Myers, who said he was driving behind the truck with the accident happened, pulled the driver from the flaming truck, with the help of another motorist who stopped to render aid.

The Highway Patrol officers investigating the accidents were unavailable for comment, according to a highway patrol spokesperson, citing the unusually heavy number of accidents being investigated across the region.

The identities of the individuals in the wrecks, along with their respective conditions, were not immediately available.

One of the two trucks involved in an accident on U.S. 52.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_snow-1-1.jpgOne of the two trucks involved in an accident on U.S. 52. John Shelton | Surry EMS
Dobson Police Chief Shawn Myers took this photo of the truck on fire with his smart phone. According to a post on the town of Dobson’s Facebook page, Myers and a passing motorist saw the accident and teamed up to pull the driver to safety.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_26733722_1607179475985890_6650286251065245480_n.jpgDobson Police Chief Shawn Myers took this photo of the truck on fire with his smart phone. According to a post on the town of Dobson’s Facebook page, Myers and a passing motorist saw the accident and teamed up to pull the driver to safety. Town of Dobson

By Bill Colvard

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