Man Tragically Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash on U.S. 117 in Pender County, North Carolina
PENDER COUNTY, NC. – According to a news report published online at wect.com, a man tragically died in a single-vehicle wreck that happened on U.S. Highway 117 in Pender County, North Carolina. The accident is still under investigation, and authorities have not yet released information about its cause.*
The wreck occurred in the late afternoon near Ashton Road on U.S. 117. North Carolina State Highway Patrol and WECT report that a vehicle of unknown make and model was traveling north on the highway toward Burgaw, North Carolina, at about 3 p.m., when it somehow crossed over the centerline. Troopers say the driver of the vehicle then overcorrected and lost control of the car.
The vehicle subsequently left the roadway and overturned in a ditch, then crashed into a tree. At the time of the WECT report, authorities had not listed any potential reasons why the driver crossed over the middle of the highway. Troopers did not believe that alcohol or drugs played a role but did not provide more information. No other vehicles were involved in the incident.
WECT reports that the driver of the vehicle tragically died at the scene of the accident. Investigators reported that he was a resident of Rocky Point, North Carolina. It does not appear that anyone was riding with him in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
The collision caused all of U.S. 117 to shut down between Ashton Road and Meadow Lane while crews performed investigation and cleared the scene. The roadway remained closed for about three hours. Investigation continues.
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