Crash Reported on Old Mt. Olive Highway in Wayne County, North Carolina (NC)
WAYNE COUNTY, NC- Goldsborodailynews.com writes that a crash occurred this week in Wayne County. The incident took place on Old Mount Olive Highway at its intersection with Outlaw Road. The crash took place when a car traveling eastbound on Outlaw Road entered the intersection and collided with a southbound car on Old Mount Olive Highway.*
The impact led to one of the vehicles traveling off the roadway and into a ravine near the CSX Railroad tracks. Responders transported two individuals to the hospital, including a man and a woman. The victims are both anticipated to recover from their injuries.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol and the Dudley Fire Department were both on the scene. Old Mount Olive Highway was blocked while responders retrieved the car from the ravine and cleared the roadway.
North Carolina’s roads are considered some of the worst in the nation when it comes to deadly crashes. Based on data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 1,412 people died in North Carolina car crashes in 2018. The only states that suffered greater numbers of traffic deaths were Texas, Florida, California, and Georgia.
The NHTSA found that nearly one out of every three of the deadly wrecks in the state were caused by a drunk driver.
Another issue that is contributing to North Carolina’s high number of crash-related fatalities is the failure to use a seatbelt. Out of those killed in traffic incidents, 61 percent were not using their seatbelts. Speeding is another common factor in these incidents, with about 40 percent of deaths taking place in collisions that involved speeding motorists. The state also has a rising number of fatal pedestrian crashes, many of which are occurring in Charlotte.
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