The accident was reported at 7:55 Tuesday morning, the highway patrol dispatch stated. According to responding Patrolman Joe Berrong, a southbound dump truck driven by Harold Brooks went left of the center line and struck a northbound 1985 Toyota pickup truck..
The driver of the pickup truck, McKinley Absher, was transported to Johnson City Medical Center. He was listed in serious condition Thursday morning.
After striking the pickup truck, the dump truck then stuck a 2004 Honda Odyssey van before coming to a rest. The van was driven by James Thorton who was transported to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. His condition was listed as fair Thursday morning.
Brooks did not suffer any injuries as a result of the accident.
Berrong said both victims were wearing their lap and shoulder belts at the time of impact. He also said that neither alcohol nor any other intoxicating substance played a role in the accident. Brooks has been charged with failure to maintain lane control along with a seat belt violation. He has also been charged with a commercial vehicle violation.
Highway patrolmen and members of the Fleetwood Volunteer Fire Department and Ashe County Rescue Squad responded to the accident. Access to the accident site was strictly limited and traffic was blocked off across from the site of the former Fleetwood Elementary School.