Man killed in fiery Catawba County crash

Person killed in fiery, head-on crash in Hickory

HICKORY, N.C. (WBTV) - A person died in a head-on collision Tuesday morning north of Hickory.

N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Jefferey Swagger said 34-year-old Devin McCorkle was heading north on Sulphur Springs Road around 9 a.m. at a high rate of speed when his Mercedes crossed the center line and into the path of another vehicle.

McCorkle’s car burst into flames and wound up in a grassy area about 100 feet off the roadway.

He was trapped in the vehicle, and despite efforts from passersby, he could not be rescued and died at the scene.

The driver of the second vehicle was transported to a local hospital and his condition is not known.

Neighbors say they heard the impact.

“Sounded like a bomb,” one man said.

Liza White was traveling on Sulphur Springs Road when she said the Mercedes passed her on a double line.

”Going real fast," she said.

Troopers are still investigating, hoping to find out if there was a reason for McCorkle’s speed.

“Tragedies can occur when someone exceeds the posted speed limit,” Swagger said.

Troopers continue to investigate.

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