7/5/2020 9:01:00 PM Highway Deaths, Storm-caused Fatality Mar Holiday Weekend
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
The July 4th weekend was tragic in multiple locations. On Interstate 485 near Charlotte, a speeding motorist said to be traveling in excess of 100 mph caused an accident that claimed five lives. A family of four were all killed when their car was hit by a box truck that had been hit by the speeding driver.
The accident happened about 8 PM Friday evening (July 3rd). Later that night, a NC Highway Patrolman who was investigating was critically injured when a car hit his cruiser, parked alongside the highway while he investigated the scene of the earlier accident, knocking the cruiser into him.
Also Friday night, a Gastonia man died in a three-vehicle collision on Sparrow Springs Road west of Gastonia.
On Sunday afternoon (July 5th) at about 2:30, Gaston County Police responded to a fatal incident on an uninhabited island on Mountain Island Lake. A severe thunderstorm with winds of 60 mph and quarter-size hail arrived suddenly in the area causing a boat to seek shelter on the island. As the two occupants sought shelter, a large tree uprooted and landed on one of them resulting in a fatal injury.
Police said several people were on the island at the time of the severe weather. The others attempted to provide lifesaving care, but the victim died at the scene. The victim was identified as 34-year-old Vanessa Owens Postell of Dallas.
In addition to Gaston County Police, responders included
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