Fatal Accident in McDowell County

Updated: Wednesday, August 27 2014, 10:27 AM EDT
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A McDowell County man died Tuesday afternoon, after slamming his car into a railroad bridge abutment.

Troopers say 21-year-old Jonathan Luke Brown of Marion was on his way to work at Baxter Manufacturing.

The crash happened on Highway-221 North, not far from the plant.

Investigators at the scene said excessive speed caused the crash, where the CSX railroad tracks cross over the highway.

"Looks like he was just going too fast for the curve and ran off the right side of the road and may have tried to correct it, but his vehicle didn't allow it and pushed him into the pillar," Trooper Josh Settlemyre said, of the NC Highway Patrol.

Neighbor Christina Jordan was the first to call 911. "I just heard the speeding, and brakes, and then I heard the crash."

Jordan tells News 13 wrecks along this stretch of road are common, that the speed limit is posted at 45 mph, but most drivers go much faster.

"Just unbelievable, and we have witnessed 11 or 12 accidents just right out here, and we're only here in the Summer."

Jordan says Tuesday's fatal wreck was sad, but not surprising.

"It's a tragedy, but he was just absolutely speeding."

Troopers say Brown was wearing a seat belt and that the airbag in his car deployed, but that the force of the impact was simply to great for either to help save his life.   

By Frank Kracher
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