Highway 176 closed on May 28 in wake of fatal accident

A traffic accident on U.S. Highway 176 on May 28 involving a car and a tree has resulted in 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, May 30 of this week.

Polk County Local Government will share updates as the situation unfolds.