• Fatal accident shuts down Hwy. 321 in Caldwell Co.

    By: Tina Terry


    CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. - Part of Highway 321 in Caldwell County was shut down much of the day Wednesday as emergency workers cleaned up after a deadly accident.

    Troopers said a semitrailer loaded with yarn overturned while headed south on the highway. The driver somehow lost control.

    "The truck is sliding with the trailer heading out from behind the truck, and the trailer goes over into the northbound lane," said First Sgt. Gary McClelland.

    The trailer smashed into two vehicles headed toward Blowing Rock.

    A white box truck was forced into the guard rail.

    The injured passenger in the box truck was able to walk to an ambulance for help, but the driver was killed.

    Troopers said the driver of the semi was also injured.

    Drivers horrified by the accident were stuck waiting for hours as troopers shut down the highway and took aerial pictures of the scene.

    No citations were issued immediately following the accident. Officers said they were still investigating what caused the driver of the semi to lose control.

    For alternate routes around the accident, click here.

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