Car and Truck Accident Kills Four in Sylva, North Carolina on US 441

Posted on Nov 02, 2008
According to the Asheville Citizen Times, the North Carolina Highway Patrol is seeking witnesses in the October 20 two-vehicle accident that killed four on US 441 in Jackson County, North Carolina.

The accident occurred last week on Monday at around 6:30 p.m. A driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck, Timothy Brown, 32, of Cherokee crossed the double yellow centerline on US highway 441 going northbound, about nine miles north of Sylva, NC. His truck hit a southbound Honda Odyssey head on, according to North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Brian Parker.

The crash killed all four people in the Odyssey, including Thomas Jaros, 68, of Cherokee; the driver, Cathryn Caldwell, 55, of Birmingham, Ala.; Tom Caldwell, 82, of Birmingham; and Garry Ely, 62, of Rose Hill, Va. Everyone in the van as well as truck driver Timothy Brown were wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident.

Brown, who was driving alone in his truck, was seriously injured and airlifted to Mission Hospitals where he is now in stable condition. According to initial reports, alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

"Somebody had to have seen this wreck," Parker said. "We're just trying to locate any witnesses to the accident."

All witness to the accident, or anyone who has any information regarding the crash, should call the North Carolina Highway Patrol at 828-627-2851.

This truck accident was very similar to another deadly crash that took place on US 441 in Jackson County ten days ago. In that accident, a northbound Nissan Altima was traveling near Cherokee, NC, when it too crossed the double yellow centerline. The car, carrying one passenger, hit a Ford pickup truck traveling southbound. The two occupants of the Nissan were killed, while the two occupants of the Ford were seriously injured.