GASTONIA, N.C. — Black ice is to blame for a crash that killed a Gastonia man on Sunday morning, according to a Highway Patrol trooper.
The Gaston Gazette reported that 33-year-old Berhane Gebretsadik drove over a patch of black ice while coming home from work at about 2:30 a.m.
Trooper F.J. Beam said it was the ice that caused Gebretsadik’s car to drive off the side of the road. His 2008 Lincoln reportedly hit a tree and caught on fire.
“The roads weren’t wet except in that one spot,” Beam said. “One witness said he stopped to try and help him get out of the car after the wreck and that he saw another car spin.”
Beam said the black ice spanned about 200 yards. The victim was reportedly a hired driver and alcohol was not a factor.
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