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One Dead in I-40 Pileup in Asheville

Updated: Monday, April 1 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

Monday morning's rush hour turned deadly in Asheville following two separate vehicle pileups on area interstates.  Police say 54-year-old Donna May died from her injuries she suffered in one of the crashes.  It's unclear exactly how many cars were involved and how many people were hurt.

It's believed heavy Easter holiday traffic, spring break travelers, and dense fog played a role in the wrecks.  "A lot of fog.  A lot of smoke from the vehicles," said eyewitness Ashley Hendrie. 

Not to mention rain-slicked roadways from overnight storms.  Said Hendrie, "it was just not a good morning."

At one crash scene on I-26 a car overturned with its driver briefly trapped inside.  Hendrie stopped to help.  "He was very confused.  He said his back was hurting so we didn't want to move him.  We got his cell phone and called his mom."

Moments later a series of chain reaction wrecks began.  "There were about five vehicles slammed into each other and all we could do was see smoke," said Hendrie.

About six miles away on I-40, another multi-car wreck snarled traffic at mile marker 45.  But this was nothing compared to Sunday's massive 95 car pileup on I-77 in Virginia.  Three people died and dozens more were injured there.

And if it seems there are more cars on the road this post-Easter, that's because it's true.  AAA-Carolinas reports a spike in vehicular travel this weekend due to warm weather and a $.32 drop in gas prices from this same time last year.

By: Mario Boone, mlboone@wlos.com
Follow on Twitter: @marioboone


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