One person was killed in a crash Tuesday night (May 3) on the U.S. 321 bridge over Lake Hickory. The deceased is 64-year-old Danny Gray Peacock of Hickory. At approximately 7:20 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to a collision on the U.S. 321 South bridge over Lake Hickory, the crash occurred on the section of the bridge located in Burke County. The left lane was closed due to ongoing bridge repairs in an active work zone between Caldwell and Catawba counties.
A 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was traveling south, entered the left lane closure, and began passing vehicles that were in the appropriate lane. The Chevrolet collided with a large front-end loader within the lane closure. The driver of the pickup, Danny Gray Peacock, passed away as a result of his injuries at the scene. The 64-year-old operator of the front-end loader was not injured. The initial investigation indicates the contributing circumstances of speed and reckless driving on the part of the driver of the Chevrolet.