Tractor-Trailer Wreck Near Watauga/Wilkes Line Closes 421 For Most Of The Day Wednesday

A tractor & trailer wreck lead to the closing of highway 421 for most of Wednesday.

A tractor-trailer overturned and crushed two cars on Wednesday morning near the second runaway truck ramp heading down the mountain, according to local scanner dispatches and the Wilkes Journal-Patriot.

The truck lost its brakes coming down the mountain fully loaded with lumber, according to the Journal-Patriot. Three people were injured.

The trailer struck a concrete barrier in a construction zone, overturned and landed on a car, the report goes on to say. The tractor-trailer pushed the car down the highway, hitting another car, and came to rest sideways across eastbound lanes of U.S. 421.

The highway was closed from approximately 10am to 3:30pm, according to local scanner dispatches.

Photo courtesy of Chuck Hubbard/Wilkes Journal-Patriot