Deadly crash closes part of I-85 southbound in Rowan County

Person killed in crash in Rowan County

ROWAN COUNY, N.C. (WBTV) - One person was killed in a crash in Rowan County Friday morning, officials say.

The wreck happened just before 6 a.m. on I-85 southbound near Spencer, closing the interstate down at Exit 84.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Benjamin Lee Motley of Linwood was driving a utility pickup southbound on I-85 on the Yadkin River bridge when he struck the rear of a tractor-trailer.

Motley was pronounced dead at the scene by Rowan Emergency Medical Services. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to the Highway Patrol. Alcohol was not a factor, troopers say.

Motorists used Exit 84 to US-29 south to re-access I-85 southbound. The road was reopened by 10:30 am.

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