String Of Accidents Closes Portion Of 421 On Sunday

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Extremely foggy conditions and back-to-back-to-back accidents lead to the closing of a portion of highway 421, just outside of Boone, for a time on Sunday.

The first reported accident, around 12:30pm, occurred at the 421/old 421 intersection near Food Lion. A short time after that, a second accident occurred at Hardin Road and 421. The third wreck was dispatched out just a short time later near the Pepsi plant.

According to scanner dispatches at the time, the first wreck involved a female seven months pregnant in the multi car incident. Boone Fire had to cut the passenger side door off of one of the vehicles.  Officials on the scene would eventually close the intersection to all but emergency traffic. That closure occurred just before 1pm and reopened shortly before 1:30pm.

The second accident scene, at Hardin Road/421, was dispatched out shortly before 1pm. Injuries were reported, but appeared to be mostly minor per dispatches at the time.

The third scene, near the Pepsi plant, was dispatched out also shortly before 1pm.

At one point, an official requested that neighboring counties be on standby to cover the districts due to the amount of resources responding to all three scenes.

   Boone Fire, Watauga Medics, Watauga Rescue, Deep Gap Fire, Blowing Rock Fire, Watauga County Deputies and North Carolina Highway Patrol responded to the three scenes.

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