UPDATE – According to a Watauga County Sheriff's Office report, Deputies responded to the area of US 321 North near the Cove Creek Store for was what first thought to be a loud explosion. The arriving deputy located a vehicle on its side near the intersection of Mast Gap Rd. The first deputy on scene found a lot of blood in the vehicle and a blood trail heading away from the car, and that the car had struck a power pole and had broken the pole in half with power or utility lines down. The other responding deputies then searched the area and found a 15 yr old male hiding in the tree line on Mast Gap Rd.
After questioning the 15 yr old, he stated that there were two more people in the car at the time of the accident and they were hiding as well. The 15 yr old said that there was a female in the car and that he thought she might have been lying in the ditch line on Mast Gap Rd. Deputies began to search for the other two subjects and found the female lying in the ditch line face down with a severe head wound and was semi conscious. Deputies spoke with the female and quickly got information that the 2nd male had been in the car.
Medics and Fire personnel had arrived on scene and started to look for the second male. After a short search deputies found him, also on Mast Gap Road, hiding in the woods with wounds to his face due to an air bag deployment. Deputies stood by on scene until NCSHP arrived on scene.
The Watauga Democrat reports that one of the passengers, George Foster age 26 of Boone was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Foster and the driver were issued seatbelt violations, and the driver was charged with exceeding the posted speed limit.
An accident resulted in a portion of 321 reduced to one lane early Friday morning in Cove Creek. The single vehicle rollover accident occurred near the intersection of Mast Gap Road around 5am. The vehicle ran off the road, clipped a power pole and landed on its side, according a Cove Creek Fire Department member. The three occupants sustained minor injuries. Cove Creek Fire, Watauga Ambulance and Watauga Rescue were dispatched to the scene. The cause of the accident was not immediately available from North Carolina Highway Patrol on Friday morning.