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Originally published: 2013-10-01 17:37:29
Last modified: 2013-10-01 19:05:21

Three-vehicle wreck occurs near Blowing Rock

by Staff Reports

A trailer of roof trusses detached from a pickup truck on U.S. 321 Tuesday, causing a chain reaction wreck that damaged three vehicles north of Blowing Rock.

The pickup truck with flatbed trailer was traveling north on U.S. 321 near the Aho Convenience Center at about 30 to 35 mph when a white Toyota car began to pass, said Trooper David Searcy of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

The trailer detached from the truck and struck the car on the right rear side, causing an unintentional PIT maneuver, Searcy said. The car stopped in the northbound lane facing south, where it was then hit by the pickup.

The trailer continued into the southbound lanes and overturned, causing a Chevrolet van to run off the road into the ditch to avoid it, Searcy said. The Chevy driver, Cecil Pittman of Boone, was taken to Watauga Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

The pickup driver, Kelly Ashworth of Georgia, and the Toyota driver, Glenda Christian of Lenoir, were not seriously injured, Searcy said.

Ashworth was cited for failure to secure a load.

The 4 p.m. collision caused tie-ups as traffic flow was reduced to two lanes. Emergency vehicles from Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue headed toward the crash had to turn around near Food Lion and take an alternate route due to traffic holdups in the construction zone near Cliff Dwellers Inn.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the type of truck involved in the wreck. The story has been corrected.