A South Carolina man died last night in a traffic accident on N.C. Hwy. 24/27 in Montgomery County.
42-year-old Thomas Chris McNeal of Chesterfield was driving a Buick that struck the right rear of a tractor-trailer that was turning left in front of him. The impact peeled back the roof of the car, which came to rest in trees off the right side of the road.
McNeal was headed east between Troy and Biscoe, and an eyewitness told State Troopers the Buick had passed him at a high rate of speed just before the accident. Reports say the tractor-trailer, being driven by 78-year-old Bernie Lee Goodwin, was turning left from Hwy. 24/27 onto Lamonds Welding Rd., just across from the old Hamilton’s Barbecue restaurant.
Troopers estimate that McNeal was traveling around 80 miles per hour and that he “probably died on impact”.
Truck driver Goodwin was not injured.
Traffic on Hwy. 24/27 was tied up for some time as emergency workers freed McNeal from the car. Officers from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department facilitated traffic control and provided many drivers with information on alternate routes.