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Red Cross seeks blood donations following Asheville wreck

Posted December 21, 2011
Updated December 22, 2011

— The North Carolina chapter of the American Red Cross is urging people across the state to donate blood following a serious wreck involving a tractor-trailer and a church van in Transylvania County.

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The wreck, which sent 15 people to the hospital late Wednesday, has depleted type O negative blood supplies across the state. Type O negative blood is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients with any blood type.

To schedule a blood donation appointment by phone, call 1-800-RED CROSS.

The American Red Cross is using its resources to send units of blood to Asheville from other parts of the state, but officials say it could further affect supplies across the region since donations have already been lagging during the holiday season.

The American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides blood to 103 hospitals and must have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet the needs of patients.

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Most healthy people 17 or older who weight at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate. Donors 16 and younger who meet specific height and weight requirement and have parental consent can also donate blood.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol in Transylvania County told WLOS-TV that the truck driver, Edwin Morrow, of Swannanoa, went off the side of U.S. Highway 64, overcorrected, crossed the center line and then hit the van.

Morrow, the van's driver, Stephanie Castello, of Henderson, and 13 van passengers were taken to a local hospital, WLOS reported.


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  • mm13 Dec 22, 2011


    Find a Blood Drive near you... just enter your zip code..

    I hope this helps

  • pedsRN Dec 22, 2011

    Just donated at Thanksgiving so too soon for me to give.

  • eden4576 Dec 22, 2011

    I've donated a few times and I am O-. I'd donate now, but I'm pregnant and can't. I hope they get enough blood to replenish the blood bank.

    Also, for those looking for a place to donate, you can go to Rex and in North Raleigh on Creedmoor Road, there is a Red Cross Blood Donation site (on the right near the intersection of Strickland/Creedmoor).

  • Uhavenoclu Dec 22, 2011

    I had a major operation 4 years ago,your normal blood count usually runs around 34,my count after the operation was 21 so I had to have a transfusion,I'm O positive so fortunately I was lucky.
    When you donate an organ or blood to help another live you can forget about your life ever amounting to anything.
    For you can be on the street or in prison or whatever and by donating an organ or blood to help another live your life would have been worth more and amounted to more then any bank account,or fancy home,or car could ever do,
    you can be a snob or be a hero.

  • donnaferguson Dec 22, 2011

    I have received 'the gift of life' from the Red Cross 21 times, due to a horrible disease. The gratitude that I have for each individual who donated is overwhelming. It involves a bit of discomfort and time for the donor. For the recipent it could mean that they will be able to go home to their family. God Bless all that give.

  • bluebird1075 Dec 22, 2011

    Simple as, if you have O negative blood and can donate, then donate. No need for all the negative comments. We have a friend that is alive today because people donated blood and he needed over 135 units. If you or your family ever needs blood, I hope it's there for you!

  • Uhavenoclu Dec 22, 2011

    Better hurry before it gets dark for i've heard of someone there in Transylvania that needs blood as well and he might take it from you.
    Transfusions do work so blood is needed,for the only donations that work and you actually see what good it does is organ and blood,plus clothes and food.

  • Crumps Br0ther Dec 22, 2011

    I used to donate all the time when I was in high school. I have AB-. But ever since I was stationed in Europe during the mad cow scare and haveing deployed to the Balkans. I cannot donate anymore.

  • wral suks bauls Dec 22, 2011

    I even have O-type blood. Oh well...

  • carla4334 Dec 22, 2011

    Don't get me wrong, I am PRO donation, a regular donor and will continue to donate. But I'm a bit put of by the spin the Red Cross has "possibly" put on this story. Did this accident, tragic as it may be, REALLY deplete the ENTIRE state of type O blood? If so, that's concerning...if not, I would have a lot more respect for the RC if they had just said...."Let this accident be a reminder of how important it is to donate"...I dont like scare tactics.