Crash closes Highway 226 in Mitchell ...

Crash closes Highway 226 in Mitchell County

There are 98 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from May 24, 2007, titled Crash closes Highway 226 in Mitchell County. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

A motor vehicle crash this morning has closed Highway 226 north of Spruce Pine in Mitchell County, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

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#1 May 24, 2007
How tragic--my prayers go out to the family of this man. I guess you just never know if this day will be your last.
Twain

Matthews, NC

#2 May 24, 2007
Amen Red.

The accident happened very close to Mitchell H.S. The tragic death of a teacher might cause some young people to 'open their eyes' to the awesome responsibility of operating a motor vehicle.

As a resident of Spruce Pine...with 40 years experience & one million miles behind me...might I suggest that we all think about ....obeying the speed limit, using turn signals properly,turning off the cell phone...turning down the music...and keeping are full attention on these beautiful.. but often tricky, mountain highways.

God bless those who have suffered in this tragedy.

Since: May 07

Candler, NC

#4 May 24, 2007
Twain wrote:
Amen Red.
The accident happened very close to Mitchell H.S. The tragic death of a teacher might cause some young people to 'open their eyes' to the awesome responsibility of operating a motor vehicle.
As a resident of Spruce Pine...with 40 years experience & one million miles behind me...might I suggest that we all think about ....obeying the speed limit, using turn signals properly,turning off the cell phone...turning down the music...and keeping are full attention on these beautiful.. but often tricky, mountain highways.
God bless those who have suffered in this tragedy.
Such a tragedy. My prayers to the families involved.
red

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#5 May 24, 2007
When I originally posted only 1 death had been confirmed, but now there are 5. That is unimaginable--I hope for the sake of all involved that there was no suffering for the victims. However, now we know that the families will face tremendous suffering. How very, very sad.
unsafe at any speed

Wellford, SC

#7 May 24, 2007
GM has known for years
the S-10 trucks were unsafe.
the photo is further proof.
Ellen

Elm City, NC

#18 May 24, 2007
How sad for everyone. They will all be in my prayers.
Kathy

Piedmont, SC

#19 May 24, 2007
Amen. 5 human beings have just died in a horrible accident, and many family and friends are suffering right now. Our prayers go out to all of them and to those who will hopefully show some compassion, not hatred.
Jan

Savannah, GA

#20 May 24, 2007
How very, very sad. :( The four in the truck were doing work on a friend of mine's house. Good workers, all of them.
Betty Laird

Asheville, NC

#26 May 24, 2007
My grandson is in Mr. Dotts 4th period drafting class. I have only heard good comments from him about Mr. Dotts. My grandson admired and respected him.
My condolence and prayers to the family. The students of Enka High will morn Mr. Dotts loss and will miss him terribly for years to come.
Melissa Fisher

Asheville, NC

#30 May 24, 2007
How very sad Mr.Dotts was a wonderful teacher to 2 of my sons,and although everyone has their own opinion Mr.Dotts life was far more important than an arguement over race,that is not who he was.God bless ALL the families.
a parent

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#32 May 24, 2007
My son had Mr. Dotts as a teacher, he was one of the most encouraging and genuine teachers that my son has had the priviledge to have had. He took a personal interest in his students and I know he will be missed.
William

Auburn, AL

#38 May 24, 2007
I graduated from Enka in 2006, and had Mr. Dotts for a semester my sophomore year. I had him for drafting, but I the Lord called me into the ministry and I no longer pursued that career path. Even so, after I stopped taking his courses, I continued to maintain a relationship with Mr. Dotts.
He was an outstanding man. Always caring and always concerned about those around him. He was always checking up on me, and asking me about my life and the things that were going on with it. He was always there to lend a helping hand or a kind word. We should all learn a little something from this. As the Lord reminds us, life is a vapor and can be gone in an instant, so do everything you can with the life you have. Reach out in love to strangers, so that kind word to lift others us as Mr. Dotts did, because life can leave you in a heart beat.
I hope God blesses his family in this time of saddness, and I pray that they may feel God's presence in place of a man who is no doubt watching them now.
Nancy Godshall

Palm Bay, FL

#40 May 24, 2007
I am Jim's mother in law and I amd disabled and unable to go up to be with my daughter in her loss. We are all devastated with this tragedy. I appreciate the wonderful things you young people are saying about him. I am in Florida looking at the paper here. Thank you guys, I know he really enjoyed his teaching. Thank you for caring.
Lisa G

Montgomery, AL

#44 May 24, 2007
As I sit here with a heavy heart for all of the families whom lost a loved one this morning, I just happened to find this site with these post. I personally didn't know any of them but I knew they were someone's sons,husbands, brothers, dads, grandfathers, cousins,they were something in this world. They were loved by their families and most of all Loved by God, they were all here on this earth for a reson just like you and I, and they were also taken for a reason, just maybe God needed them now. It is so hard to give up a loved one( I have lost many in my 34 years here on this earth) My dad for one and without God,prayers, friends and family , how do you get through something like this? These families need prayers from all of us, no matter your race, color,age, height, what kind of car you drive, where you live, male or female...they need us now.When i found out about this at 7am this morning and I saw the the wreckages myself before it was removed all I could say to my 12 year old and my 9 year old was pray for these families, God heard my kids prayers. So for all of you who what to get on here and talk trash about trucks and mexcians why don't you stop and think for a moment "that could have been my dad, brother, husband,grandfather whatever, and just say a prayer instead of being hurtful to these people whom are in great pain, beleive me I will be praying for them and also I will be praying for those of you who find this funny or a joke. I can't change the world I know, but how hard is it to understand we are all God's children and we all bleed red. To Mr. Dott's family and the families of the other men who lost there lives you will all be in my thought and prayers MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
Mother of Student at Enka

Maxton, NC

#45 May 24, 2007
My heart is heavy with the loss all will feel over this tragedy, both family and school. However, my prayers will go out to those who feel it necessary to make racists comments at such a sad moment. I, too, have my feelings concerning illegal immigrants, not immigrants in general, just the illegals, but not even that issue can harden my heart as it has seemingly done to a few of the folks making these horrible posts with no consideration to the families and what they must be feeling now. Please remember "you reap what you sow" and try to tender your words with kindness.

Since: May 07

Candler, NC

#46 May 24, 2007
Cat wrote:
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Oh no...just hit the wrong reply. That goes to the A** Richard...
Oh, okay. You almost made me cry!
Mom of Enka Senior

Dillon, SC

#47 May 24, 2007
My son was in Mr. Dotts' class for 2 years. Of all of his high school teachers, Mr. Dotts is the only teacher I ever heard my son speak highly of. I spoke with Mr. Dotts several times myself and he came across as a very kind, caring man, especially for his students. He helped my son in many ways and I will always be grateful to him, as I am sure my son will. My prayers go out to his family and to the many students and faculty at Enka that will miss him dearly.
concerned parent

Hendersonville, NC

#48 May 24, 2007
My daughter is a senior at Enka Hign and when she called me this morning with this sad news that they had lost one of their teachers in an auto accident I was very sadden. Not only for the students but also for his family. Then when I found this post I could not believe what some people were saying, I agree with the other mother "you reap what you sow" and we as Americans should all be praying for each one of these individuals and their familes. What does it take for everyone to live in peace regardless of race. May God bless all persons involved in this tradegy including the ones who have a cold heart.
Lilly

Manteo, NC

#49 May 24, 2007
I am so sad to read about this. My heart goes out to all of the families & friends of those involved.

From looking at the photos I don't understand why Mr. Dotts died - the cabin of the car didn't get crushed. I wonder if he was wearing his seatbelt. I wonder if maybe the impact of the crash snapped his seatbelt.

I live off of a curvy road and I'm amazed at how many people will cross the center line while rounding a sharp curve. I've had a few really close calls - people really need to make a better effort to not cross the center line!

My comments are in no way meant to detract from this horrible loss of life - it just seems so senseless...it could have been any one of us.

Since: Feb 07

Asheville

#50 May 24, 2007
Mother of Student at Enka wrote:
My heart is heavy with the loss all will feel over this tragedy, both family and school. However, my prayers will go out to those who feel it necessary to make racists comments at such a sad moment. I, too, have my feelings concerning illegal immigrants, not immigrants in general, just the illegals, but not even that issue can harden my heart as it has seemingly done to a few of the folks making these horrible posts with no consideration to the families and what they must be feeling now. Please remember "you reap what you sow" and try to tender your words with kindness.
Unfortunately some of us have had to deal with a loss because of people who shouldn't have even been here much less drinking and driving or some other illegal activity that caused the death of our loved ones. Seeing the same pattern over and over and grieving over unnecessary loss can harden a heart.

I'd think you could also show some compassion to those folks instead of throwing out the racists comments.

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