remained in intensive
care Wednesday morning
after his Coca Cola truck
struck a Jefferson dump
Alex Moore of Boone
was traveling north on
U.S. 221 just north of
Idlewild Road Monday
morning when he
crossed the centerline
and struck a southbound
dump truck driven by
Richard Stone of Jefferson,
Hall of the Highway Patrol
Hall said Moore’s
truck apparently initially
went off the road to the
right and the driver
him to cross the centerline.
After the collision the
Coca Cola truck turned
completely around and
came to rest facing south
and overturned on its
passenger side on the
shoulder of the southbound
The engine came out
of the vehicle and was
found in a drainage ditch
nearby. Hall said.
Both drivers were taken
to Watauga Medical
Center. Stone was treated
and released and Moore was admitted to the ICU.
Charges are pending, the officer said,
but he preferred talking to Moore before
releasing that information.
Sparky Brown, a firefighter for Glendale
Spring Fire Department was at her
boyfriend’s house between 8:30 and 9 a.m.
when she heard a loud noise and felt the
collision between the dump truck and the
Coca Cola delivery truck.
She got her first aid kit and went to the
scene in front of the house to employ her
first responder skills.
She said she saw two people assisting
the driver of the Coca Cola truck, so she
went to the dump truck and had to pry
open the passenger side door to get to the
He had hit the windshield and I put a
cervical collar on his neck to immobilize
him,” she said. “I didn’t know what injuries
he might have to his neck.” Diesel
fuel poured from the truck she said.
Ashe County Emergency Management
was called to handle a diesel spill, the
Patty McMeans, Ashe County’s emergency
management coordinator, estimated
the amount of the fuel spill at around 100
gallons combined from both vehicles.
Some of the spill got into a drainage ditch
and the Fleetwood Fire Department took
the appropriate steps to contain the diesel,
They spread an absorbent material and
used absorbent pads to ensure that the fuel
did not make its way into a nearby creek.
“The offending party is the one responsible
for the cleanup,” McMeans said. “In
this case that is Coca Cola.” She said Coca
Cola contracted with a company to remove
the spill. Fluid has been pumped from the
drainage ditch and soil may need to be removed,
she said. She was continuing to
monitor the cleanup Wednesday.
Diesel covered parts of some nearby
trees and they may need to be removed,