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Man identified as victim in fatal, five-vehicle collision

By Liz Moomey

liz.moomey@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — James Edward Burris, 54, has been identified as the person who died at the scene of a five-vehicle collision on West Jake Alexander Boulevard.

He was driving a motorcycle involved in the accident Sunday night.

Police say at 5:42 p.m., a 2004 Chrysler van crossed the center line near Woodleaf Lanes, colliding with another vehicle. The second vehicle sideswiped Burris’ 1994 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Another driver slammed on his brakes to avoid the accident, causing a fifth vehicle to collide into it.

The van’s driver was taken to the hospital. A passenger in another vehicle may have been injured.

City officials said Monday that the condition of the injured patients was still unclear.

Police said that weather was likely not a factor. Police have not yet determined whether alcohol was a factor.

The road was closed Sunday night as investigators reconstructed the accident scene. 

The Salisbury Fire Department, Rowan Rescue, Rowan Emergency Medical Services and Salisbury Police Department responded to the accident.

The China Grove Police Department is assisting in the investigation.

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