A four-vehicle collision occurred today on U.S. Hwy. 158-west around 8:30 a.m. near the entrance to the Parker’s Landing development, just east of the BP service station in Point Harbor, according to witness reports.
No fatalities occurred, and a report of injuries could not be obtained.
The collision caused a miles-long backup in traffic exiting the Outer Banks that extended across the Wright Brothers Memorial Bridge to the North-South-East Dogwood Trails intersection, for those drivers using the Southern Shores cut-through route, and to U.S. Hwy. 158 and N.C. Hwy. 12, for drivers traveling on these roads from the northern and southern beaches.
A Southern Shores Beacon correspondent who was driving east on U.S. 158 came upon the aftermath of the crash, above, and interviewed some people on the scene. She learned that the driver of the gray pickup truck, seen on the tow truck, was allegedly at fault, and that alcohol may have been a factor. The truck had an OBX license plate.
According to witnesses, two of the vehicles ended up off the road, in the woods, after the collision.
A resident of Parker’s Landing involved in the crash was transported to Chesapeake Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Witnesses said she had an old, deaf Chihuahua traveling with her who escaped from an EMS responder. If you see this frightened dog or know anything about his whereabouts, please contact The Beacon, and The Beacon will contact the owner. The dog’s name is Scooby.
The Beacon also invites you to contribute to this report if you have factually reliable information to share.
This section of the highway is becoming increasingly dangerous. Beacon editor Ann Sjoerdsma witnessed the aftermath of a collision in the same location at 6 p.m. last Tuesday, and other correspondents have reported accidents there this summer.
SUBMITTED BY BEACON CORRESPONDENTS, 7/7/19