One person died and two others were transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem as a result of a two-vehicle wreck on N.C. 268 West in the Goshen community Thursday morning.
Trooper Scott Ratliff of the N.C. Highway Patrol said Scott James Wolfe, 28, of Boomer was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup eastbound on N.C. 268 West behind a Wilkes County Schools bus when he passed the bus in a no-passing zone and collided head-on with a westbound 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by Clyde Delano Cox, 84, of Ferguson.
Ratiff said Cox apparently died upon impact. Emergency personnel had to cut off the top of the Mercury to free Cox’s body from the heavily damaged car, said the trooper.
Wilkes Emergency Medical Services transported Wolfe and a passenger in the Mercury, Erica Paige Cox, 18, of Ferguson, to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Wolfe was seriously injured and Cox had non-life threatening injuries.
There were no children on the school bus.
The collision occurred about 10:30 a.m. in a curve near the Whites Creek Road intersection, where two-lane N.C. 268 West is marked with double-yellow lines.
It resulted in N.C. 268 being closed to traffic in both directions for about two hours. Traffic was detoured using N.C. 18 South, which connects with N.C. 268 on the east using Germantown and Mount Carmel Church roads and on the west using Boomer Road.
Charges are pending and the district attorney’s office in Wilkesboro will be consulted as the investigation continues, stated a high patrol press release.
The Goshen, Boomer and Millers Creek fire departments and Wilkes Rescue Squad also responded.