1/31/2020 2:22:00 PM Freak Friday Weather Blamed For Traffic Fatality
Lincoln Herald Staff firstname.lastname@example.org
The forecast had called for rain--and lots of it, but it was expected that at most there would be a little mixed precipitation in our area and it wouldn't amount to much. Temperatures started the morning in the upper 30s and had been predicted to reach the low 40s--but...
The rain began as a mixture with sleet, then came huge snowflakes, then more rain. The rain washed away some snow that had accumulated as a coating on sidewalks, parking lots, and some roadways. Then came more snow.
It never amounted to a lot, but it was enough to cause a rash of traffic accidents, especially in areas northward from Lincolnton. One wreck on Highway 27 west took out a power line causing an outage in the area. Norris Childers Elementary School closed early. Afterschool care at the YMCA was also cancelled.
While nobody was killed in that accident, an Iron Station woman was killed inan accident on Bethel Church Road. She was identified as 48-year-old Thrana Charmane Frye.
The Highway Patrol said a dump truck towing a flatbed trailer was traveling west on Bethel Church Road near Bethel Baptist Church. As the truck entered the sharp curve, the trailer slid across the centerline and collided with Ms. Frye's car. The dump truck driver was not injured. Ms. Frye was pronounced dead at the scene. The Highway Patrol said there was some snow on the road and weather was a contributing factor. Many other less serious accidents were also reported.
Lincoln County government offices closed at 2:30 when the snowy conditions were at their worst--including the libraries, landfill and convenience sites.
A retirement celebration for Maggie Dollar at the Lincoln County Health Department was rescheduled for Monday (Feb. 3rd) at 11 AM.
The temperature instead of rising to the low 40s fell to 33 degrees, but it remained above freezing overnight and it will warm to the mid-50s on Saturday--plus all the precipitation (in all forms) will be gone.