The powerful blizzard packing gale-force winds, heavy snow and coastal flooding across the East Coast has left at least nine dead in storm-related accidents as of late Friday.
Five of the nine deaths occurred in North Carolina. Gov. Pat McCory said one person who was injured in an accident in Wilkes County Wednesday died and another motorist was killed in a separate crash on Interstate 95 in Johnston County. A 65-year-old woman hit an “extremely icy” patch and overturned her car eventually landing in a creek and dying, according to state Highway Patrol.
In Forsyth County, a 55-year-old woman was killed when she slid on the icy road way, crossed into oncoming traffic and slammed into a pickup truck head on. A 4-year-old died Friday died after a pickup truck carrying his family spun out on Interstate 77 and crashed, State Highway Patrol Sgt. Michael Baker said. Troopers said the boy was restrained in a child seat and died as a result of the impact.
In Tennessee, a car slid off the roadway due to speed and slick road conditions, killing the driver and injuring a passenger, the Knox County sheriff’s department said. A woman was killed after the vehicle carrying her and her husband slid down a 300-foot embankment Wednesday night, Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford. The woman’s husband was able to climb the embankment and call for help.
A man died in Kentucky Thursday after his car collided with a salt truck, state police said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene on state Route 92 in Whitley Country. A Virginia man died Friday after his car went off the snowy George Washington highway and slammed into a tree, Officer Leo Kosinski said. (Read more from “Nine Dead in Storm-Related Incidents as Blizzard Bears Down on East Coast” HERE)