Drivers encountered slick conditions along Lincoln County roadways Friday after sleet and freezing rain fell across the area, causing more than 40 wrecks, according to troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
“Lincoln County was hit the hardest in Troop F,” Trooper K. Adkins said.
Additional counties included in Troop F include Ashe, Allegheny, Wilkes, Alexander, Iredell, Catawba, Burke, Caldwell and Watauga counties, he said.
In addition, because of the area’s high volume of traffic incidents, Adkins said troopers had to request assistance from motor carrier units in surrounding counties as well as from troopers who were supposed to be off that day. All troopers’ patrol vehicles were outfitted with studded snow tires, allowing officers to respond to incidents in a quick fashion.
“There were a lot (of overturned vehicles),” Adkins said.
He did note that one of the most significant incidents he worked included a head-on collision between two vehicles on Buffalo Shoals Road near Woolie Road, just east of U.S. 321 in Lincolnton. The crash sent five people, including two children, to area hospitals. However, troopers said none of the injuries sustained in the incident were life-threatening.
While a majority of Lincoln County wrecks Friday occurred on N.C. 16, troopers said no location was spared.
“They were everywhere,” Adkins said.
However, it was a different scene that same day along city streets.
Lincolnton Police said that by 5:30 p.m. they had only responded to four city wrecks, none of which were serious.
“All were fender-benders,” Sgt. S. Summers said.