Watauga County Accident Statistics

The number of wrecks in Watauga County were down just barely countywide and up slightly in Boone for 2016, according to newly compiled data provided by the North Carolina Highway Patrol and the Boone Police Department to WataugaOnline.com.

   The North Carolina Highway Patrol responded to a total of 670 wrecks for 2016 countywide. Of those, 8 were fatal, 201 were injury related and 503 were property damage. That’s compared to 7 fatalities, 195 injuries, 471 property damage for a total of 673 for 2015.

Looking at the breakdown of locations, 221 accidents combined occurred on highways 321 & 421, 114 on highway 105, 280 on state roads, 55 other. That’s compared to 229 accidents on 321 & 421 and 82 on highway 105 in 2015.

In Boone accidents were up slightly from 2015. Boone Police responded to a total of 1271 accidents, compared to 1196 for 2015, 1065 in 2014 and 1169 in 2013.

 Blowing Rock Road continues to be the most wreck prone portion of Boone, followed by highway 105.

There’s a couple of things to keep in mind regarding highway 105 that may or may not have impacted wreck numbers since 2011. A traffic light at the now former Watauga High entrance was removed when the new school opened in August 2010. Late that year in December a “pedestrian hybrid beacon” crosswalk system was installed by NCDOT near Studio West Apartments/former Geno’s & High Country Inn location. In July 2013 a new traffic light was installed at Poplar Grove Road and 105.

COUNTY WIDE – DATA FROM NCSHP

2016: 8 fatal, 201 injury related, 503 property damage = Total 670 accidents

2015: 8 fatal, 201 injuries, 503 property damage = Total 712

2014: 3 fatal, 183 injuries, 482 property damage = Total 668

2013: 4 fatal, 185 injuries, 518 property damage = Total 707

BOONE – DATA FROM BOONE POLICE

Take note that data for East King Street is broken down by intersecting points.

2016  Total Crashes:

Town wide total = 1271
On:
Hwy 105 = 140
Blowing Rock Rd = 206
E King St =78
(E King x Forest Hill Dr =2, E King x New Market Blvd =10 , E King x Jefferson Rd=  16)

2015 Crashes:
Town wide total = 1196

On:
Hwy 105 = 120
Blowing Rock Rd = 186
E King St = 71 (E King x Forest Hill Dr =5, E King x New Market Blvd = 14, E King x Jefferson Rd = 16)

2014 Crashes:
Town wide total = 1065

On:
Hwy 105 = 85
Blowing Rock Rd = 158
E King St = 73 (E King x Forest Hill = 7, E King x New Market Blvd = 14, E King x Jefferson Rd = 11)

2013 Crashes:
Town wide total = 1169

On:
Hwy 105 = 109
Blowing Rock Rd = 134
E King St = 75 (E King x Forest Hill = 8, E King x New Market Blvd = 21, E King x Jefferson Rd = 10)

2012 Crashes:
Town wide total = 1064

On:
Hwy 105 = 92
Blowing Rock Rd = 163
E King St = 77 (E King x Forest Hill = 1, E King x New Market Blvd = 14, E King x Jefferson Rd = 15)

Town wide total = 1098

On:
Hwy 105 = 87
Blowing Rock Rd = 149
E King St = 91 (E King x Forest Hill Dr =3, E King x New Market Blvd = 9, E King x Jefferson Rd = 14)

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