A two-vehicle collision this (Tuesday) morning during the rain on the four-lane portion of N.C. 16 South, a few hundred feet north of the Wilkes-Alexander county line at Kilby Gap, left both drivers seriously injured.
Rescue personnel were dispatched about 7:45 a.m. and freed the drivers from the wrecked vehicles, a Chevrolet Colorado pickup and a Toyota RAV4.
At least one of the victims, Kali Hawkins, 20, of Taylorsville, was transported to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. A hospital spokesman said a little before noon today that Ms. Hawkins was still being evaluated in the emergency room.
Northbound and southbound traffic on N.C. 16 South was blocked until about 9 a.m. today.
Motorists were detoured on Moore Mountain Road, which is west of N.C. 16 and intersects with N.C. 16 just south of the wreck site in Alexander County and about two miles south of the intersection of N.C. 16 and N.C. 18.
The situation became more complicated when traffic on Moore Mountain Road was blocked by a northbound Penske box truck that ran partly off the road and down a steep embankment.
The box truck wreck occurred just north of the Wilkes-Alexander county lin on the gravel portion of Moore Mountain Road where it goes through Perry Lowe Orchards.
The Wilkes and Alexander county rescue squads, Moravian Falls and Sugar Loaf fire departments and Wilkes Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to the wreck on N.C. 16 The N.C. Highway Patrol was also dispatched and is investigating the wreck.