Man killed in I-85, Peeler Road two-vehicle crash

Published 12:10 am Friday, January 15, 2016

Staff reports

A man was killed Thursday after his pickup overturned and he was thrown from it, during a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 85 near the Peeler Road exit ramp.

Johnny Bartlett, 64, of Warsaw, was taken from the scene by ambulance and then transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where he later died.

N.C. Highway Patrol troopers say both drivers were heading southbound and were the only two involved in the crash, which occurred around 2 p.m.

The Ford truck collided with the rear of a Hyundai, causing both drivers to lose control. According to reports, Bartlett veered off the roadway to the right and overturned. The vehicle came to rest on its roof and Bartlett was thrown from the truck.

The identity of the Hyundai driver was not immediately available. The driver, a woman, was seen walking around at the scene.

The N.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. South Salisbury Fire, Salisbury Fire, Rowan County Rescue Squad and Rowan EMS also responded, as did the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash did not impede traffic as both vehicles were off the roadway.