Three fatalities in Lincoln County after car hydroplaned on NC 27

Three fatalities in Lincoln County after car hydroplaned on NC 27
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SPECIAL REPORT TO BLOWING ROCK NEWS. By Master Trooper Jeffrey S. Swagger. June 9, 2019. LINCOLN COUNTY, NC — On Saturday, 8 June 2019 at approximately 7:50 p.m., a single vehicle collision in Lincoln County resulted in 3 fatalities.  The collision occurred on NC 27 in the area of Rock Dam Road.

The preliminary investigation indicates a vehicle was traveling west on NC 27, hydroplaned and ran off the road, collided with a tree, and overturned in Rockdam Creek.  All three occupants were trapped in the vehicle which was on its side and submerged in approximately 6 feet of water.  The creek waters were higher than normal due to heavy rainfall over the past two days.  Rescue efforts were greatly hindered by extremely heavy rainfall at the time.

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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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