Wife Dead, Two Others Hurt After NC Man Drove Wrong Way

A North Carolina woman has died and two people were hurt after a man drove the wrong way on U.S. 321 and slammed into a pickup truck.

The Hickory Daily Record reports that 71-year-old Daisy Mae Christopher Buff died Tuesday in Catawba County after her husband drove the wrong way on the highway's off ramp and headed north in a southbound lane.

Seventy-five-year-old Jessie Peter Buff of Catawba and the driver of the truck he hit, 60-year-old Howard Helton, were flown to hospitals where they were in critical condition.

Officials say alcohol was not involved. Southbound lanes of 321 were closed nearly two hours as crews worked to clear the accident.

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  • by Jerry Location: NC on Aug 21, 2009 at 11:22 AM
    Are you crazy 50 years old and taking test. I agree with CK. I have been aroun adults 20 - 40 years old that can't drive at all. What about testing them? This type thing can happen to anyone if you get distracted or have a medical condition occur. I feel and pray for the families involved in this tragic event.
  • by CK Location: NC on Aug 19, 2009 at 10:57 PM
    Anyone, regardless of the age, could have caused this accident. 65 and 70 year old people cause just as many accidents if not less than 16 and 17 year olds. I feel safer on the road with an elderly driver, who drives with caution, than a 16 yr. old who is trying to show off. Everyone has to be a critic!!! My prayers and thoughts go out to all the families involved in this tradegy.
  • by Someone Who grew up in Hickory Location: Hickory on Aug 19, 2009 at 08:06 PM
    I live in Hickory and maybe the DOT should think about more signs with clearer directions on them on some of these clover leaf exits. The one for 321 is a mess of exit and entrance ramps using the same ramp.
  • by some girl Location: jacksonville on Aug 19, 2009 at 01:43 PM
    i agree with tim
  • by Tim Location: Wilmar on Aug 19, 2009 at 10:23 AM
    Disagree, I think it should be every 2 after age 50 and then yearly after age 60
  • by c on Aug 19, 2009 at 08:20 AM
    I think people over 65 should have a yearly driving test to make sure they are still with the program.

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