Ashe County wreck report


By Nathan Ham - [email protected]



ASHE COUNTY — The following accidents that occurred between Sept. 20 and Sept. 26 were reported by the North Carolina Highway Patrol and are considered public record.

Sept. 20

West Jefferson

A single-vehicle accident took place at 4:19 a.m. on Buck Mountain Road less than a mile from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Andrew James Russell of West Jefferson was traveling south when his vehicle crossed the center line and ran off the road to the left. The vehicle traveled back onto the road and ran off the road to the right. The vehicle overturned before coming to a stop.

Russell was uninjured.

The 2004 Ford involved had about $1,900 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Russell was cited for reckless driving.

Sept. 21

West Jefferson

An animal collision happened at 8:22 p.m. on Buffalo Road about two miles from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Michael Todd Roten of West Jefferson was traveling north when his vehicle struck a bear.

Roten was uninjured.

The 2006 Honda involved had about $1,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

Sept. 23

Lansing

An animal collision happened at 6:30 a.m. on Joe Hampton Road about three miles from Lansing. According to the narrative, Michael Roy McCoy of Lansing was traveling south when he struck a horse that walked into the road.

McCoy and one passenger, Sandra Lee McCoy of Lansing, were uninjured.

The 2006 Ford involved had about $3,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Lansing

A two-vehicle accident took place at 2:51 p.m. on Highway 194 near Piney Creek Road in Lansing. According to the narrative, Renee Lynn Dishman of Lansing was traveling east when the vehicle ran off the road to the right and hit the right side of a vehicle that was parked on the shoulder of the road.

Dishman was uninjured.

Dishman’s 2007 Chevrolet had about $1,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

The parked car, a 2001 Ford belonging to Jonathan Dale Calhoun Jr., of West Jefferson, had about $500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Dishman was cited for failure to maintain lane control.

West Jefferson

A two-vehicle accident happened at 3:58 p.m. on Highway 221 about a mile from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Lowell Gray Haynes of Millers Creek was attempting to make a right turn from Mt. Jefferson Road onto Highway 221 when he struck the side of a vehicle driven by Tabor McKendrick Bell of Jefferson.

Both drivers were uninjured.

Haynes’ 2001 Ford had an estimated $1,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

Bell’s 1992 Dodge had about $1,200 in damages but was considered drivable.

No citations were issued.

Sept. 24

Lansing

A single-vehicle accident took place at 4:41 p.m. on S. Big Horse Creek Road about 1.6 miles from Lansing. According to the narrative, a school bus driven by James Winfred Johnson of Lansing was traveling north when the bus hit a rock that was into the road. The large rock was from a construction site operated by Vannoy’s Construction was dumped into a waste pit, but the rock rolled down the embankment into the roadway.

Johnson and six students aboard the bus were uninjured.

The 2014 Freightliner bus had about $2,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

No citations were issued.

Sept. 26

Highway 194

A single-vehicle accident happened at 5:11 p.m. on Highway 194 between Warrensville and Lansing. According to the narrative, Krystal Lawrence Shepherd of Lansing was traveling south when her vehicle crossed the center line, ran off the road to the left, traveled down an embankment and overturned into the river.

Shepherd was transported to Ashe Memorial Hospital.

The 2006 Subaru involved had approximately $7,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

No citations were issued.

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87

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By Nathan Ham

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