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No charges yet in two-truck wreck that killed Hickory man

No charges yet in two-truck wreck that killed Hickory man

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No charges have been filed in a Saturday morning pickup truck wreck that killed a Hickory man, said Master Trooper Jeffrey Swagger.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the collision on Jack Whitener Road in Catawba County at approximately 5:50 a.m. Larry Allen Scott, 50, of Hickory, died at the scene. He was driving a 1989 Ford pickup truck.

The other vehicle, a 2008 Ford pickup truck, was driven by Tyler James Willis, 18, of Newton. He was injured and transported by Catawba County EMS to Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, said Swagger.

Scott and Willis were both traveling south on Jack Whitener Road when Scott’s vehicle crossed to the left of the double yellow center line. Swagger said Scott ran off the left side of the road, lost control, traveled across the road to the right where his vehicle collided with the truck driven by Willis.

After the vehicle collision, Scott’s truck collided with a creek bank, overturned and then collided with several trees, Swagger said. Willis’ truck collided with a fire hydrant and then overturned.

Swagger added that it is unclear if Scott was attempting to pass Willis. He said North Carolina State Highway Patrol is still investigating the collision.

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