The North Carolina Highway Patrol has cited speed and icy road conditions as the reason for a crash in Cleveland County on the morning of January 13 in which one person suffered fatal personal injuries.
The NCHP said that the victim was northbound on Sperling Drive near the town of Waco shortly before noon and was driving too fast for the icy conditions.
According to Trooper J.R. Crotts, the driver hit a patch of ice and careened off the left shoulder of the roadway. The truck went down an embankment and hit a bridge culvert. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
Crotts said alcohol and drugs are not considered to be factors and the driver was wearing a seat belt.
The victim’s family was notified, but the highway patrol did not immediately make his identity available.