UPDATE Sunday December 13 – According to a North Carolina Highway Patrol report, James Greer of Mountain City was the driver of the Maymead dump truck that struck the pickup, driven by David Leavitt of Vilas. A friend of David Leavitt tells WataugaRoads.com that he is in Johnson City Medical Center and is receiving “good care”.
Traffic on 421 in Vilas was delayed for about 2 hours on Friday afternoon after a wreck involving a dump truck and a pickup occurred in front of Vilas Post Office. An official on the scene tells WataugaRoads.com that reportedly a dump truck from Maymead swerved left of center to avoid rear ending another Maymead dump truck, and hit the pickup. That account has not been confirmed by North Carolina Highway Patrol as of early Friday evening.
The driver of the pickup was pinned in, was cut out of his vehicle by emergency personnel and airlifted by WINGS air rescue. His condition was not immediately known, but an official on the scene says that the driver was talking to medics during the process.
This marks the second dump truck wreck on 421 in Vilas in the last three weeks. On November 24 a dump truck crashed into a Quality Plus gas station fuel pump, leading to the closure of 421 for a period of time.
3:53pm – Traffic is being detoured on highway 421 in Vilas due to a wreck involving a dump truck and a car at Vilas Post Office. According to scanner dispatches, 421 will be shut down at Linville Creek Road and traffic will be detoured for an extended period of time. WataugaRoads.com will update when the road is re-open.
4:10pm – A portion of 321 near the old Cove Creek Fire Department may be closed for a short time to allow for a helicopter landing zone.
5:47pm – Cove Creek Fire Department has cleared the scene of the accident. Expect continue traffic delays due to congestion in the area.