Emergency units responded to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of N.C. 226 that sent one person to the hospital Thursday morning.


A two-vehicle collision near Love’s gas station sent one person to the hospital Thursday morning.

At approximately 11:08 a.m. Thursday, emergency agencies responded to a vehicle collision near Love’s on N.C. 226 South.

Marion Fire Department, McDowell EMS, McDowell Rescue Squad, the Marion Police Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol responded to the call, according to Emergency Services Director William Kehler.

According to one of the drivers, 16-year-old Courtney McDaniel of Circle Drive, Marion, she was traveling northbound on N.C. 226 in a white Nissan Sentura when, at the same time, a red Volkswagon Jetta traveling southbound was attempting to turn onto the I-40 West ramp.

“I was leaving McDowell Tech on 226, heading towards the high school when I saw the Volkswagon coming towards me, trying to get onto the interstate,” said McDaniel, who added her light was green at the time of the accident.

Trooper James Deaton of the N.C. Highway Patrol verified the direction of travel for both vehicles, but said at Thursday’s deadline that he would have to hear both sides of the story before anything  before confirming other details.

The driver of the Volkswagon, 40-year-old Jackie Wilson of Toney Road, Marion, was taken to Grace Hospital with a possible broken arm.