At approximately 1:55 p.m. Wednesday, emergency units and law enforcement responded to US 221 South near Hunt Lane after receiving reports of a collision between two tractor trailers. According to NC Highway Patrol officials on scene, one vehicles rear-ended the other while trying to stop for roadside mowers. No injuries were reported. Northbound and southbound traffic was either stopped or momentarily controlled by fire agencies to remove both tractor trailers from the roadway. The at-fault driver, Rebecca Leach of Forest City, was charged with failure to reduce speed, according to authorities.
McDowell voters cast 9,456 against the increase while only 4,580 gave their support.