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Woman charged after wreck near Mull Elementary
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Woman charged after wreck near Mull Elementary


A Friday afternoon crash south of Morganton sent a man to the hospital and a woman has been charged in the case.

Troopers were called to the wreck around 1:47 p.m. after a red car headed north on Old 18 in front of Mull Elementary School crossed the center line and hit a white pickup truck headed south on the road, said Trooper J.W. Gouge with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

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Both vehicles came to rest facing the opposite direction each was headed, and the truck ended up off the road and against some trees. The driver of the red car, Amanda Dawn Shaffer, 42, of Duckworth Avenue in Morganton, was charged with left of center and failure to carry a license, Gouge said.

The driver of the white truck looked to have minor injuries, he said. The man was taken to a local hospital by EMS for treatment.

Shaffer has two previous driving while impaired convictions, one conviction from 2013 and another in 2000, according to a records search on the North Carolina Department of Public Safety website. She did have a valid driver’s license, Gouge said.

Salem Fire Rescue, Burke County REACT and Burke County EMS all responded to the scene.

Chrissy Murphy is a staff writer and can be reached at or at 828-432-8941. Follow @cmurphyMNH on Twitter. Sydni Hall is a staff writer and can be reached at or at 828-432-8907.

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Sydni Hall has been covering education, features and new business for The News Herald since April 2021.

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