Thomasville man killed in wreck during crash investigation

THOMASVILLE, N.C — A Thomasville man was killed in a wreck Thursday night during a crash investigation, according to a news release.

At 7:01 p.m., Thomasville police were investigating a motor vehicle crash involving a commercial motor vehicle at the intersection of U.S. 29 at Litwin Drive.

As the preliminary investigation of the initial crash was underway, a secondary crash occurred involving a 1996 Jeep Cherokee, driven by 48-year-old Ronald Edward Osborne, of Thomasville.

Osborne had been traveling north on U.S. 29 and had failed to reduce speed as he approached an emergency controlled crash scene, according to police. Osborne traveled into the crash scene area and struck a parked, unoccupied, commercial motor vehicle while it was parked on the shoulder of U.S. 29. The commercial motor vehicle had hazard notification equipment deployed and activated at the time of the collision.

Osborne was taken to the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for incapacitating injuries sustained from this crash. Osborne later died from his injuries.

No one else was injured. The Thomasville Fire Department and the North Carolina Highway Patrol assisted with this crash scene.

Donna Williams was driving through the area Thursday night and said the scene was chaotic as officers responded.

"[It was] frightening, because when the semi was actually in the intersection with the truck, traffic was not stopped at that point, so maybe if traffic was stopped, a life could have been saved,” she said.

This crash remains under investigation.

It is unknown if alcohol, narcotics or electronic devices played a contributing role of the causation of this crash, police said.

A spokesperson with NCDOT said Friday that the agency is reviewing the intersection of U.S. 29 and Litwin Drive where the initial crash took place for potential improvements.

Aaron Moody said NCDOT is still in the early planning stages at this time.

"Once we have a conceptual plan in place, we plan to come to the public with a workshop-type public meeting. We’re hoping to hold that meeting later this year," he told FOX8.

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