Two men, one from Elkin and one from North Wilkesboro, were killed Monday evening when the vehicle they were in crashed into a tractor-trailer near Elkin, according to a Surry County Emergency Services official.
“A vehicle drove underneath the tractor-trailer,” said John Shelton, Emergency Services director, said shortly after the wreck. “We have two fatalities on scene.”
Later, North Carolina Highway Patrol Matt Sheppard identified the two as Christopher Bruce Faile, 45, of 12285 E. 268, Elkin, and Danny Gale Williams Jr., 46, of 240 Wood Wallace Drive, North Wilkesboro.
Faile was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.
Details were scant as officials still worked the wreck, on CC Camp Road near the I-77 interchange, Monday evening as officials cleaned up the wreckage and tried to piece together what happened.
Not much more was readily available Tuesday evening.
Sheppard, who is investigating the accident, said specific details on the incident were not available yet, as it is still an active investigation.
“We’re still trying to gather all that information,” Sheppard said. “I don’t want to share something wrong, and then find out something different.”
It took several hours for the area to be cleaned up and opened to traffic Monday night after the wreck. Shelton said traffic was rerouted around the area, rather than slowing traffic to one lane.
“We’re just across the bridge on CC Camp Road coming out of Elkin,” Shelton Monday evening after the accident. “CC Camp at the bridge is what’s blocked right now. If you come off at the off ramp you can go straight on to 77, but it’s going to be a few minutes otherwise.”