Home Life Accidents Downhill speed at “The Curve” strangles Friday night traffic, minor injuries

Downhill speed at “The Curve” strangles Friday night traffic, minor injuries

By David Rogers. September 16, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Traffic on U.S. 321 below Blowing Rock was blocked for an extended period of time Friday night when one southbound driver was going too fast around “The Curve” and ran head-on into a northbound vehicle.

Joshua Paul Swack, 44, of Lenoir was driving a 2001 Toyota down the mountain, southbound, at a speed above the posted limit, lost control, crossed the yellow center line, and collided headon with a 2017 Toyota SUV driven by Charlotte Thompson, 48, of West Jefferson. After the collision, both vehicles came to rest in the northbound lanes.

Sgt. Darin Church of the Blowing Rock Police Department told Blowing Rock News that Swack’s estimated speed was 50 mph, well above the 35 mph speed limit.

Swack was transported to Caldwell Memorial Hospital and treated for minor injuries before being released. Thompson and a passenger were both treated for minor injuries at the scene and released, refusing to be transported to a hospital.

The damage to Swack’s vehicle was estimated at $8,000, while the damage to Thompson’s SUV was estimated to be $8,500.

Swack received three citations:

  • driving without a license
  • speeding
  • driving left of center

Blowing Rock Police received the call at 10:03 pm Friday evening.

This story will be updated as we receive more information.

Blowing Rock News has written extensively about the dangerous curve where this accident took place.


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