Julia Annice Chandler Killed, 1 Injured in Truck Accident in Catawba County, NC
UPDATE (November 20, 2023): The occupant of the Toyota in the accident has been identified as Julia Annice Chandler, age 34 from Hickory. She reportedly succumbed to the injuries she incurred as a result of the accident and was declared deceased at the hospital.
Catawba County, NC — November 17, 2023, two people were injured in a truck accident at about 12:15 in the middle of the night along S.H. 16.
Authorities report that the Toyota Corolla was heading northbound on S.H. 16 at the Buffalo Shoals Road intersection when the accident occurred.
Allegedly, the Corolla neglected to acknowledge the red light indicated at the intersection and collided with a Honda Accord which was attempting to make a legal left turn from Buffalo Shoals Road. The two vehicles involved were disabled in the northbound lanes of Highway 16. Shortly after the initial collision, a northbound Honda Civic collided with the Accord. After the secondary collision, the Civic pulled off the road and onto the shoulder. Not long after that, and 18-wheeler collided with both the Corolla and the Accord. As a result, both the 18-wheeler and the Corolla struck a roadside power pole, which fell; the fallen power pole hit the 18-wheeler, which sparked flames. The fire spread from the big rig to the Corolla.
The occupant of the Toyota Corolla incurred critical injuries as a result of the accident. They were airlifted to a regional medical center for immediate treatment. The person who had been in the accord also reportedly sustained injuries; no additional injuries were reported.
The accident is under active investigation by local authorities. The weather and road conditions in the area at the time of the accident were not reported on. There are no additional details currently available.