Crumpler man airlifted following NC-16 crash


Family: Roberts’ vital signs stable following air transport



(Adam Orr|Jefferson Post) John Roberts’ 2013 Ford car in the wreck yard at the Powerstroke Shop in Jefferson Wednesday afternoon.


ASHE COUNTY-A Crumpler man was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center Wednesday morning following an accident on NC-16N near Tom Fowler Road, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

John Roberts, 53, was traveling north on NC-16 in a 2013 Ford car when he impacted the rear of a tractor trailer driven by Troy Latham, 35, of Warrensville shortly before 7 a.m. on Dec. 9.

“Latham was driving a logging truck with an empty trailer at the time of the accident,” North Carolina State Trooper Kevin Aldridge said. “Latham was stopped in the northbound lane of NC-16 and waiting to turn right onto Tom Fowler Road when Roberts hit the rear of the trailer.”

Aldridge said the circumstances that led to the accident remain under investigation but did say that black ice played no role in the wreck.

Latham was transported by ambulance to Ashe Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Aldridge said.

A Roberts family member who declined to be named said his vital signs were stable late Wednesday morning following the helicopter transport.

The Jefferson Post will update with further details as they become available.

(Adam Orr|Jefferson Post) John Roberts’ 2013 Ford car in the wreck yard at the Powerstroke Shop in Jefferson Wednesday afternoon.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_RobertsWreck.jpg(Adam Orr|Jefferson Post) John Roberts’ 2013 Ford car in the wreck yard at the Powerstroke Shop in Jefferson Wednesday afternoon.
Family: Roberts’ vital signs stable following air transport
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