WEST JEFFERSON — Two people were transported to Ashe Memorial Hospital after a single-vehicle wreck on U.S. 221 South around 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9.

Amanda Steele, 18, of Jefferson, traveled south on U.S. 221 in a Volkswagen Jetta. The vehicle departed the roadway to the right, struck a ditch and traveled down an embankment, where it then came to rest, according to West Jefferson Police Officer Michael Vido.

West Jefferson Fire Department used a chainsaw to clear the brush surrounding the vehicle in order to extract the driver and passenger.

Benjamin Madison, 20, of Laurel Springs, was the passenger in the vehicle. Both Steele and Madison were in stable condition and transported to AMH by Ashe Medics, according to Candace Barker of Ashe Medics.

Ashe County Rescue Squad was also on the scene, and Vido said Wings Air Rescue was initially called in.

Ashe Post & Times will provide updates as they are made available.

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