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Man killed in head-on crash involving tractor-trailer in Catawba County

WSOC Charlotte
WSOC Charlotte

CONOVER, N.C. — A man was killed in a head-on crash involving a tractor-trailer Tuesday afternoon in Catawba County.

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The collision happened around 12 p.m. on Highway 70 between Conover and Claremont.

Police told Channel 9 that a pickup truck crossed the centerline and collided with a tractor-trailer head-on. The tractor-trailer driver tried to avoid the truck, but only had seconds to react, according to investigators.

The driver of the pickup truck, 59-year old Virgil Burton, did not survive.

Highway 70 was closed for hours as authorities investigated.

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