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Collision with log truck sends four to hospital

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Law enforcement and first responders work the scene of a two-vehicle wreck involving a tractor-trailer carrying a load of logs Wednesday on N.C. 58 south of Nashville.

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A young couple, their two-year-old child, and a log truck driver were taken to the hospital after a wreck on the highway, but authorities said everyone was expected to make a full recovery.

The collision between an SUV and a log truck blocked N.C. 58 for more than three hours Wednesday. Logs were scattered across both lanes of traffic when firefighters arrived on scene, said Trip Bunn, a firefighter with the Coopers Fire Department.

The call came in at 9:26 a.m., and traffic remained blocked on the highway near E.P Taylors Store Road and Winstead Store Road until 12:39 p.m., when N.C. Department of Transportation officials were able to clear the scene. N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper K.S. Howald, who was on the scene of the accident, said the N.C. DOT used a front loader and chainsaws to clear the road.

Howald said the driver of the SUV was deemed at fault in the accident and was charged with failure to yield and driving without a license. The family’s SUV pulled out of a convenience store parking lot in front of the log truck, which was fully loaded, Howald said.

“There was just not enough time for the driver of the log truck to respond,” Howald said. “Gravity and momentum did the rest.”

Howald said the log truck rear-ended the SUV, sending it into the ditch, where it overturned.  The log truck then jack-knifed and overturned in the same ditch.

“The accident looked a lot worse than it was,” Howald said. “Everyone ended up mainly with cuts, bumps and bruises. They were very lucky.”

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office and Nash County Emergency Services also aided in responding to the incident.

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