A 49-year-old woman from Terrell was killed in a crash in Ashe County yesterday (September 6).
At about 3:25 p.m. Monday, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the collision on N.C. Highway 16, near Sussex Road. A 2012 Jeep Wrangler traveling north on N.C. 16 crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a southbound 2010 Ford Econoline van. The Jeep ran off the road and overturned. The driver of the Jeep, 60-year-old Amber Culver of Grassy Creek, was seriously injured and was transported by medical helicopter to Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist in Winston-Salem.
The Ford was owned and operated by Zaloo’s Canoes in Jefferson and was towing a trailer with kayaks. The driver of the van, 45-year-old Joann Ashely of Warrensville, was injured and transported by E.M.S. to Ashe Memorial Hospital in Jefferson. Four passengers were transported by medical helicopter to Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee. The deceased was the front seat passenger in the van. She succumbed to her injuries at the scene. She was restrained by a seatbelt.
According to the Highway Patrol, the on-scene investigation did not indicate impairment as a contributing factor. The investigation is ongoing. The deceased’s identity was initially released by the Highway Patrol, but has since been redacted at the request of the family pending notification of an additional family member.