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State troopers say speed was likely a factor in a Saturday night crash near Spring Hope that claimed a man’s life.
A 2008 Volvo sedan driven by 38-year-old Clyde Williams of Garysburg struck the median on U.S. 64, traveled up an embankment and slammed into a tree and bridge pillar before catching fire, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol’s Troop C, District I office in Rocky Mount.
Williams was pronounced dead at the scene after firefighters and medics arrived. There were no passengers in his car and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.
The Highway Patrol says Williams was traveling at an estimated 100 mph. The posted speed limit is 70 mph.
The crash happened around 10:56 p.m. near Exit 450 outside the Spring Hope town limits.
A portion of U.S. 64 was closed late Saturday and early Sunday while emergency crews cleared the wreckage. Photos and video provided by WRAL-TV show the car reduced to a charred frame of twisted metal.