Teens unhurt after truck careens into storage building Tuesday night


Driver able to exit truck before impact



(Photo submitted) A 17-year old driver and his 16-year old passenger escaped serious injury Tuesday after the driver’s truck slid backwards down an embankment and into a storage building.


(Photo submitted) West Jefferson Police Chief Jeff Rose said slick road surfaces contributed to the accident.


WEST JEFFERSON-Two teenagers escaped serious injury following a crash into a metal storage building in West Jefferson Tuesday night.

West Jefferson Police Chief Jeff Rose said recent ice and snow led to hazardous road conditions in parts of Ashe County Feb. 16, including on Walter Ridge Road in West Jefferson.

Tristen Dakota Jones, 17, of Warrensville, was traveling in a 2006 Chevrolet truck on a private driveway just off Walter Ridge Road shortly 9 p.m. on Feb. 17.

Due to the slick surface, however, Jones told investigating officers that the truck began to slow down and slide. He then stopped the truck but it began to slide backwards.

“He stated his brakes did not work while he was attempting to stop the vehicle,” West Jefferson Police Officer Josh Hodges wrote in his report. “The vehicle then rolled backwards across Walter Ridge Road and then traveled approximately 450 feet down an embankment and impacted a metal storage building.”

Jones was able to exit the vehicle before it impacted the building, while his 16-year old passenger remained inside the truck.

“Luckily this is one where nobody was really hurt,” Rose said. “The passenger was a little banged up but fine. The impact did a number on the truck, however, and about $1,000 worth of damage to the storage building.”

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(Photo submitted) A 17-year old driver and his 16-year old passenger escaped serious injury Tuesday after the driver’s truck slid backwards down an embankment and into a storage building.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_WJWreck.jpg(Photo submitted) A 17-year old driver and his 16-year old passenger escaped serious injury Tuesday after the driver’s truck slid backwards down an embankment and into a storage building.

(Photo submitted) West Jefferson Police Chief Jeff Rose said slick road surfaces contributed to the accident.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_WJWreck2.jpg(Photo submitted) West Jefferson Police Chief Jeff Rose said slick road surfaces contributed to the accident.
Driver able to exit truck before impact
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