Man injured in one-car accident
By Jeff Eason
A motorist traveling south on U.S. Hwy 321 in Blowing Rock was slightly injured when his late model Jeep SUV ran off of the road and down an embankment at approximately 3:25 p.m. Monday afternoon.
No skid marks were visible where the car left the highway, on a right-hand curve just south of the 321-Main Street intersection near the Blowing Rock Furniture Gallery.
The Jeep knocked over a wooden safety post and a large orange and white traffic barrel then traveled approximately 100 feet down the embankment, before hitting a tree and coming to a stop.
The collision with either the wooden safety post or the tree caused the automobile’s driver’s side airbag to deploy.
Personnel from Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue and the Blowing Rock Police Department were the first on the scene. BRF&D deputy chief Matt McGuire attended to the unidentified male driver before personnel from Watauga Rescue arrived on the scene. The victim appeared to have a cut on the back of his left hand.
The driver was transported by ambulance to Watauga Medical Center.The Blowing Rocket will update this story as it gathers new details.