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Man Killed In Sunday Afternoon Crash

A Gaston County man was killed in an Iredell County crash. The deceased is 28-year-old Allante Nathaniel Watts of Gastonia.

On Sunday (January 21), at approximately 4:20 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Interstate 77 North near mile marker 39. A 2020 Nissan Sentra was traveling north in the emergency lane on I-77, failed to adequately reduce speed, and collided with a 2014 Freightliner tractor-trailer that was stopped in the emergency lane.

The driver of the Sentra, Allante Nathaniel Watts passed away at the scene. The driver of the tractor-trailer, a resident of Naples, Florida, was not injured. The initial investigation does not indicate impairment to be a contributing factor. During the on-scene investigation, I-77 was closed in the area for approximately three hours. No charges will be filed in this case.