Highway 176 closed Monday in wake of fatal accident

There has been a traffic accident on U.S. Highway 176 involving a car and a tree which produced two fatalities.

The investigation is being handled by the North Carolina Highway Patrol. U.S. 176 is now shut down between Thompson Road in Saluda and Harmon Field Road in Tryon. Please avoid this area because travel has become dangerous.

Weather models have added flash flood watches for the area through Wednesday of this week.

We will keep you updated as the situation unfolds.