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One dead in wreck on I-40 Monday morning

One dead in wreck on I-40 Monday morning

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One person was killed and another injured in a crash on Interstate 40 in Catawba County early Monday morning.

The two-vehicle accident occurred near exit 133 in the eastbound lanes around 3:45 a.m., according to a press release from the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

A Honda Pilot, driven by Sarah Ann McKinney, 47, of Asheville, was traveling east when the vehicle collided with the guardrail in the median and then struck the guardrail on the south side of the road, according to the release.

The Pilot came to rest facing the wrong way on the interstate. A 2019 Honda Odyssey, driven by Thomas Casey, 60, of Hickory, collided head-on with McKinney’s vehicle.

According to the release, McKinney survived the initial crash but died from injuries received during the second collision.

Casey was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center by Catawba County EMS for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries

The stretch of interstate reopened shortly after 6 a.m.

No charges will be filed for this accident, according to the release.

McKinney was traveling with her 8-month old dog, according to the release. Troopers were unable to locate the animal after searching nearby the crash site. Anyone who locates a white dog with blue eyes in the area of the collision is asked to contact the NC State Highway Patrol or Catawba County Animal Control.

Animal control can be reached at (828) 466-6814.

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