July 4, 2024 at 11:33 a.m.

Fatal Collision In Burke County

Highway patrol: Vale man, driving van, not injured


CONNELLY SPRINGS––A fatal collision occurred Monday in Burke County.

According to Master Trooper Christopher Casey of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, NCSHP personnel responded at about 6:10 p.m. to the scene of the incident, near Miller Bridge Road on NC-18.

“A Honda motorcycle was traveling north on NC-18, crossed the center line, collided head-on with a southbound 2019 Chevrolet ‘Express’ van and caught on fire,” Casey states in a Wednesday release. “The driver of the motorcycle succumbed to his injuries at the scene.”

The trooper adds that the driver of the van, Christopher Lee Wayne Richard, 31 and of Vale, was not injured.

“The initial investigation indicates excessive speed to be the contributing factor in the collision,” Casey continues. “During the on-scene investigation, the roadway was closed in the area for approximately three hours. No charges will be filed in this case.”

At this time, he adds, the motorcyclist’s information will not be released.           



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