Man killed in Gaston County wreck ID'd

Man killed in Gaston County wreck ID'd

GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A man who was killed in a crash involving two pickup trucks in Gaston County Tuesday morning has been identified.

According to Gaston County Communications, the wreck happened on Dallas Cherryville Highway at Mauney Road near Prices Arena in Bessemer City. The wreck happened around 6:30 a.m., according to North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Troopers say the driver of a Dodge pickup truck was heading southbound on Mauney Road and reportedly fell asleep behind the wheel. The driver then reportedly ran through a stop sign and then drove into the intersection of Dallas Cherryville Highway, Highway Patrol said.

A driver of a second pickup truck, later identified as 52-year-old Orlando Suarez, then allegedly collided with the driver of the Dodge pickup truck, troopers say. Suarez was killed in the wreck, according to Highway Patrol.

The road was closed for some time as multiple agencies responded to the wreck.

The driver of the Dodge pickup truck is expected to be charged in the wreck, troopers said. The exact charges are still pending.

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