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Wilkes County Man Dies in Thursday Morning Crash

At about 9:50 this morning (January 18), the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to a fatal collision in Wilkes County on Champion Mt. Pleasant Road near Conley Shumaker Road. The deceased is 57-year-old Cameron Mark McNeil of Ferguson (an unincorporated community in Wilkes County).

The accident occurred as a northbound 2003 Toyota Camry driven by Mr. McNeil collided head-on with a southbound 2006 Freightliner M2 box truck. Mr. McNeil passed away at the scene. The driver of the box truck, 48-year-old Gary Lee Billings of North Wilkesboro, was taken to Wilkes Medical Center with minor injuries.

Champion Mt. Pleasant Road was closed in the area for over three hours during the on-scene investigation. The initial investigation does not indicate impairment to be a contributing factor. Upon completion of the ongoing investigation and consultation with the Wilkes County District Attorney’s Office, charges are pending.