A man was killed in a crash on Highway 70 in Catawba County Tuesday (July 27). According to published reports, 59-year-old Virgil Burton of Claremont died as a result of the collision which occurred at approximately noon Tuesday between Claremont and Conover.
According to reports, authorities said a pickup truck crossed the centerline on Highway 70 and collided with a tractor-trailer head-on. The tractor-trailer driver tried to avoid the truck, but only had a short time to react. Mr. Burton was the driver of the pickup truck. He passed away at the scene. No other details were available.