One man was flown to Mission Hospital in Asheville with serious injuries after rescue workers pulled him from his overturned vehicle.
Around 3:45 p.m. Thursday, emergency crews were dispatched to N.C. 226 North for a two-vehicle crash involving a large rollback vehicle and a utility truck. Both vehicles were overturned in the runaway truck ramp.
Preliminary investigation by the N.C. Highway Patrol indicates the rollback lost its brakes heading southbound on N.C. 226, crossed the center line and hit the utility truck head on, pushing both vehicles to the right side of the roadway. The rollback was carrying three vehicles, one of which fell off the truck when it rolled on its side.
For almost two hours, paramedics worked to extricate the driver of the white utility truck. About 5:15 p.m., the driver was pulled from the vehicle. He was conscious when EMS loaded him into the ambulance. McDowell EMS transported the victim to the N.C. Mineral Museum where the emergency helicopter MAMA was waiting to fly him to Mission Hospital in Asheville.
The passengers in the rollback vehicle were taken to McDowell Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Troopers were still on the scene as of deadline. Traffic was down to one lane and moving slowly.
McDowell County EMS, the McDowell County Rescue, Ashford-North Cove Fire Department, Woodlawn Fire Department, Parkway Fire and Rescue and first responders assisted with the accident.
Rescuers are working to free a person from a crash on N.C. 226 North near the truck ramp on the steep mountain road.
The wreck happened around 3:45 p.m. It involved a tractor-trailer truck and other vehicles. MAMA, Mission Hospital's emergency helicopter, has been called to the N.C. Mineral Museum at the top of the mountain.
Traffic is moving on the highway, but motorists should avoid the area if possible.