North Carolina State Highway Patrol Troopers are investigating a serious collision on N.C. 16 in Catawba County near Mount Ruhama Church Road. As of 5:30 a.m., N.C. 16 was blocked. North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and first responders are assisting with a detour at Balls Creek Road, north of the collision, and Buffalo Shoals Road, which is south of the collision. A road closure was expected until approximately 7:00 a.m. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.