VALDESE — A child was injured in a wreck that left a block of U.S. 70 closed Friday.
Glenn Danner, 42, of Valdese, was driving a truck on Main Street near Morganton Street NW at around 10 a.m. when he told police the truck died and lost power steering, causing the truck to run off the road and hit a utility pole, fence post and another car, according to a copy of the accident report.
A 6-year-old child in the vehicle was injured in the crash, said Valdese Police Chief Jack Moss. The child was airlifted from Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge-Valdese to Carolinas Medical Center Main in Charlotte, the report said.
The child’s condition was unknown Friday afternoon, Moss said.
A witness to the crash told police that he had been behind Danner’s car since passing the old Bi-Lo in Morganton, the report said. The witness said that Danner was going about 10 mph under the speed limit most of the way, but when the witness tried to pass Danner near Food Lion in Valdese, Danner’s car sped up.
When the witness passed Danner, he turned around and saw that Danner’s car had crashed, the report said.
Traffic on Main Street was rerouted for several hours Friday while crews worked on the utility pole that was struck in the collision.
Danner was cited for no operator license, failure to wear a seat belt, failure to secure child under 16 with proper seat belt and failure to register vehicle, the accident report said.
More information will be published as it becomes available.