Introduction: What is the Wreck on I-26 in Asheville, NC?
This is not an article about the wreck itself, but rather about a man who was nearby and took pictures of it. It’s about the social media frenzy that followed. This is about how one poor decision can spread like wildfire across multiple channels of communication. It’s about the entire world seeing something that no one in their right mind would want photographed on their phone. It’s about wolves and bats and lots of other stuff.
You heard correctly: a large metal object mysteriously airborne over Asheville, NC covered with radioactive orange powder , emerging from a fiery explosion.
This atomic bomb was discovered by Mr. Latham Campbell, who lives by Lake James, in McDowell County [coincidentally where the downed plane was found]. Mr. Campbell obviously photographed the event, and any respectable website would immediately post those pictures to the Internet for the world to see, yet the photo sharing service somehow decided that this event was more trouble than it was worth. It’s not like thousands of people didn’t already know about this crash.
What does look “suspicious” is that Mr. Campbell tells us that he has a facebook page entitled “Wreck on I-26” which has been deleted . This fact raises questions as to why Mr. Campbell would have to create a facebook page about this event in the first place, unless of course he had something to hide. Perhaps Mr. Campbell thought he could stand up to the powers-that-be by not giving in to their obvious pressure, but things have obviously escalated since then.
What to Do if You are in or Near a Car Accident
While many might be tempted to call for media, it’s best to just wait until the police arrive. If you go to the media before calling the police, you run a great risk of making things worse for everyone involved. The police will coordinate with media as soon as they arrive anyway, so do not take that task upon yourself.
If you were injured, get medical attention as soon as possible. You will probably be hurt, but chances are you will survive. Your injuries may be temporary, but you should not take that chance. Getting medical attention is the single most important thing you can do to ensure your safety after an accident.
Get the names of all involved parties and their contact info (address, phone number and email). Accidents involving cell phones can lead to long distance calls being made without the victim’s knowledge. If a 911 call was made, the police will have gotten this info in the report.
Who Was Involved?
Remember that in cases such as this, people don’t usually know for sure. It’s not about what you think happened, but rather about what the police think happened. Now that the police are there, you can ask them what they think anything was like if you would like to tell your side of the story. However, keep in mind that they are there to investigate the wreck itself and their primary focus will be determining who is at fault. Therefore, if the police don’t feel like you were at fault, that doesn’t mean you can’t be cited for being at fault in some way.
All you really need to know is which other people were involved and in what ways. Do they need medical attention? If so, how serious are their injuries?
Generally speaking here’s how people can be involved:
Driver: Someone who was driving a car or other vehicle.
Passenger: Someone who was riding in another person’s car or other vehicle.
Pedestrian: Someone who was walking on a public sidewalk, driving a motorized scooter, or riding a horse.
Bicyclist: Someone who was riding a bike or motorcycle. Sometimes this is listed as “motorcycle rider,” although many authorities consider bicycles and motorcycles as the same thing.
How Can We Help?
There are many ways in which we can help. First and foremost, do not give the media interviews. Do not call the police on them unless they are harassing you. If they ask you questions, be polite and answer them as truthfully as possible. You can be sure what you have to say will eventually get back to them anyway, so don’t worry about giving them something valuable if you don’t have to. Small things like getting contact information of people who were at the accident can be a big help to the police in their investigation. In addition, if you were there, then you probably saw something that could be useful. Tell the police as much as you can about what you experienced.
Do not write the police a letter. They probably won’t read it anyway and they don’t want a lot of letters to sift through. The best thing to do is pass on information as you are able.
Try not to be consumed by fear. Things will likely go bad in due time, but do not lose sight of what you’re here for: helping the people you care about. You must keep your head and remember that helping others is the most important thing in the world.