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Medical Issue May Have Caused Wreck – Brevard NC


The wreck on the Asheville Highway tied up traffic for several hours . (Times photos by Kevin Fuller)

A medical issue may have caused a driver to operate erratically, eventually crashing into another vehicle head on near Little Mountain on Asheville Highway Tuesday morning.

John Campbell, 25, of Balsam Grove, will be cited for reckless driving and improper passing, for his involvement in the crash that sent four people to the hospital, according to Trooper William Hemphill.

Hemphill believes Campbell may have been having some type of medical issue.

After interviewing Campbell at Mission Hospital, Hemphill said he may have had a diabetic episode, causing him to drive erratically.

Hemphill said Campbell did not remember anything after leaving his house in Balsam Grove on Tuesday morning.

Campbell was traveling on the Asheville Highway about 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday when he passed the center lane, striking a Chevy Lumina head on, which was being driven by Brevard resident Tracy Briggs.

Hemphill said multiple witnesses stated Campbell was driving erratically prior to the crash, weaving in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed and even passing motorists left of the center line.

Both were flown to Mission Hospital by Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA).

"He wasn't trying to hurt anybody," Hemphill said, after interviewing him at Mission Hospital. "He was very heartfelt and apologetic."

Campbell and Briggs both suffered a broken leg in the crash.

Briggs had surgery Wednesday morning to repair the leg. She suffered other non-life threatening injuries as well.

Both were still in Mission Hospital on Wednesday morning.

It took emergency responders several hours to clear the scene of the wreckage. Both cars were mangled after the crash.

"I thought for sure there'd be a death," Hemphill said, after the wreck. "It was as head on as you can get."

Two other vehicles were also involved in the wreck. Hemphill said a silver Nissan Rogue was struck by the two vehicles, as was a silver Lexus sedan.

Both drivers of those vehicles were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Their names have not been released.

This is the second serious crash on Asheville Highway in the last two months.

On July 27, a driver intentionally struck a dump truck head on, according to N.C. Highway Patrol.


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