By Dave Russell
A head-on collision last Thursday on Pine Creek Road in Glenville sent two people to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The crash occurred about 1.7 miles from the road’s intersection with N.C. 107, near the Pine Creek Access Area.
The call came in to 911 dispatch at 7:53 a.m., N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper D.J. Brooks said.
A 2007 Toyota Tundra pickup driven by Jeffrey Paul Nunn, 56, of Glenville, and a 2014 BMX X3 driven Sierra Corrinne Wade, 16, of Cashiers, met head-on in Wade’s lane, Brooks said. Wade had a passenger, her brother Caleb Mitchell Wade, age 10.
Kaylee Amber O’Dwyer witnessed the accident, according to the collision report prepared by Brooks.
“There was a witness who saw the whole thing, and according to the witness, vehicle one, which was Nunn, pulled out into the road near the Pine Creek Access Area and was traveling south in the northbound lane,” Brooks said. “He was completely in the wrong lane and hit vehicle two, driven by Wade, head on.”
Brooks estimated Nunn’s speed at 35-40 mph and Wade’s at 30-35 mph.
“It wasn’t fast, just a nose-to-nose impact,” he said.
Traffic was backed up in both directions for about an hour and a half, Brooks said.
“Both vehicles were kind of sideways in each lane, and it was impassable until I could get there and get everything measured and marked,” he said.
Nunn was charged with driving left of center.
“Nunn is from England, so apparently he got mixed up with the driving rules here,” Brooks said.
The Cashiers-Glenville Fire Department, Glenville-Cashiers Rescue Squad and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash scene in addition to the Highway Patrol.
Both Wades were transported by the Rescue Squad to Harris Regional Hospital.
“He (Caleb) definitely had a broken wrist, and maybe some bruised ribs,” Brooks said.