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22-year-old man dies in collision with tractor-trailer on Sherrills Ford Road

SALISBURY — A 22-year-old man died Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle collision on Sherrills Ford Road near Long Branch Road.

Witnesses said they believe he crossed the double line before colliding with a tractor-trailer. The two vehicles struck head-on and sent the victim’s Chevrolet Cruze spinning.

The driver, whose name was not available, was pinned inside the vehicle.

A man who did not want to provide his name said he was in a vehicle traveling behind the driver.

The man witnessed the crash and said he jumped out of his own vehicle and broke a back window of the victim’s car because the car was smoking and he hoped to be able to get the victim out.

He knew relatively quickly that the crash was serious, he said.

Members of the Locke Fire Department used tools to cut into the car door to remove the victim.

The tractor-trailer driver was taken to the hospital by ambulance. His name and condition were not available.

The N.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the collision.

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