Serious injuries reported in Black Mountain crash

    A collision involving at least four vehicles on State Street in downtown Black Mountain injured several people and caused heavy damage to Town Hardware. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

    A collision involving five vehicles on East State Street in downtown Black Mountain injured several people and caused heavy damage to Town Hardware.

    Authorities said five people were injured, including two who were transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

    Black Mountain Police Lt. Rob Austin said one of the vehicles was traveling at an 'excessive rate of speed.'

    Police say the wreck happened around 7 p.m. Monday night.

    They say the driver who caused the accident is Kyle Carney. Police say he is now charged with careless and reckless driving and other related traffic charges.

    Police say Carney was traveling west on I-40, then got off the interstate onto Highway 70. They say he was driving very fast when he slammed into another car at the intersection of Montreat Road and State Street.

    People on the street reported hearing a "boom" when the collision happened. About an hour after Town Hardware closed, not a vehicle, but pieces of multiple vehicles went flying into the store. That's when the alarms went off and police responded.

    Bobby Ammons didn't hear the wreck, but he saw the aftermath.

    "It's just like a tank went through," Ammons said. "About the only place I think you'd see anything this bad would be at a Daytona race or one of the big race tracks."

    Town Hardware owner Peter Ballhaussen said he isn't worried about his business.

    "The damage we have is glass and some merchandise and doors broken," he said. "But I just feel for the people that were in the accident. And just pray for them that they're doing okay."

    Onlookers did the same as they stood feet away in shock of how their downtown changed in just seconds.

    "I met my wife right there in that store when it was a drugstore," Ammons said. "For this to happen in our little town of Black Mountain, as small as our community is, I know we're not perfect. Nobody is. But I don't know what was wrong with the person who did this."

    The driver who police said caused the accident is being questioned at the hospital.

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