REGIONAL TRAFFIC ALERT: Truck vs. car collision in Newton closes NC 16/NC 10 intersection

REGIONAL TRAFFIC ALERT: Truck vs. car collision in Newton closes NC 16/NC 10 intersection
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By David Rogers. July 25, 2018. NEWTON, NC — The intersection of NC 10 and NC 16 is expected to be closed for at least four hours on Wednesday, according to officials from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, after a truck vs. car collision ended badly.

According to witnesses, the driver of a 1994 Volvo passenger car traveling east on NC 10 failed to observe a red signal light upon reaching the intersection of NC 16 and collided with a northbound 2005 Peterbilt tractor-trailer with a full load of pine wood chips.  The Peterbilt ran off the road to the right and overturned, “…spilling its full load of pine wood chips out of the top of the open top trailer and onto the highway and roadside.”

Both drivers were injured, but non-life threatening, according to the Highway Patrol press release. The driver of the Volvo, Stephanie Marie Eaker, 31, of Claremont, was transported to the hospital. The driver of the Peterbilt, Christopher Wayne Benge, 44, of Wilkesboro was not transported.

The accident continues to be under investigation by Trooper Z.E. Beam. Meanwhile, with all northbound lanes and one southbound lane of NC 15 covered in wood chips, NCDOT is setting up a detour around the scene during clean-up and the investigation.

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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