DEEP GAP — One person was injured after a two-vehicle wreck that closed down traffic on U.S. 221 for more than one hour around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16.
According to N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper J. Brown, a 2001 Toyota RAV4, driven by Harold Van Wyk, 71, of Fleetwood, attempted to make a left turn onto U.S. 221 from a section of road that was under construction. The Toyota then collided with a Dodge Ram, driven by James Allen, while it traveled south on U.S. 221.
According to Doug Helms of Ashe Medics, Van Wyk was transported by Ashe Medics to Watauga Medical Center. Allen and the passenger in the vehicle, Elaine Allen, were uninjured in the wreck. Candace Barker of Ashe Medics later said that Van Wyk was not in critical condition at the time of being transported.
James Allen was hauling a horse trailer at the time of the wreck, and Brown said the horses were uninjured.
Deep Gap Fire Department responded to the wreck, as well as Ashe County Rescue Squad and N.C. Highway Patrol.