One person killed in crash that shut down U.S. 74 eastbound

CLEVELAND COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Emergency crews had to close down a lane of U.S. Highway 74 at the scene of a deadly wreck involving a tractor trailer and a car in Cleveland County.

The NC Highway Patrol says 25-year-old Ashley Durkee was killed.

Troopers said Durkee was driving north on Peachtree Road just before 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Investigators said Durkee attempted to cross Highway 74 (Dixon Boulevard) to make a turn.

Her car was hit by a tractor-trailer traveling east.

Investigators do not believe the truck was speeding. They said the driver tried to swerve and avoid a crash.

The eastbound lane of Dixon Boulevard was closed while officials work the scene. The road was re-opened after 8:30 p.m.

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