Winter Storm Causes Several Fatalities in North Carolina
NORTH CAROLINA – According to an online news report from businessghana.com, a winter storm wreaked havoc in North Carolina and Virginia and led to several fatalities in North Carolina.*
A winter storm that moved through the South in December resulting in snow-packed roads and icy patches in North Carolina, Virginia, and parts of other southern states. Some parts of North Carolina received more than 18 inches of snow. Police in North Carolina and Virginia said they had responded to hundreds of accidents that had been caused by snow and ice on the roads.
Throughout North Carolina, emergency crews and the National Guard were working to clear numerous major accidents on state roads, according to the state’s Governor. The total number of accidents in the state reached 672 by December 10. One accident required a five-person dive team. A tractor-trailer ran off a road and into a river in Kinston, North Carolina, and divers were looking for the missing driver of the truck. It is not clear whether the driver was found.
Near Charlotte, North Carolina, another accident caused the death of a driver, when a tree overloaded with snow and ice fell onto a moving car. A woman was transported to the hospital because of this accident, as well. Other fatalities were reported in the state related to non-accident storm situations.
In Virginia, state police said Interstate 81 was extremely dangerous because snow was accumulating on the roadway faster than crews could clear it. Several tractor-trailers were sliding off the interstate, according to police. Officials in the state told people to stay off the roads if possible and prepare emergency kits in case they became stuck. Reported accident figures from the storm in Virginia reached 60.
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