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Fatal collision reported July 16

 

 

(Updated July 17, 1 pm)

Crash leaves one dead, four sent to hospital

By MICAH HENRY

A two car collision in southeastern Alexander County has claimed the life of a Bethlehem woman, said authorities.

The wreck occurred on Blankenship Road on Thursday, July 16, about 7:30 p.m., said Trooper S.L. Staley of the N.C. State Highway Patrol. It involved a Honda minivan, driven by Brenda Shew Bowman, age 50 of Taylorsville, and a 1988 Toyota Corolla, driven by Brandy Michelle Evans, age 25 of the Bethlehem Community.

Evans suffered fatal injuries in the crash and died at the scene, said Trooper Staley.There were no passengers in the Evans vehicle. 

In the Bowman van, there were three passengers: Courtney Bowman, age 20 of Taylorsville, and two small children.

Staley said the Evans vehicle was traveling south on Blankenship Road as it met the Bowman van, which was northbound. Evans’ car crossed left of center and struck the Bowman van in the northbound lane.

In addition to the Highway Patrol, Bethlehem Community Fire and Rescue, Alexander Rescue Squad, Alexander County EMS, Catawba County EMS, and Alexander County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded to the wreck.

All occupants of the Bowman vehicle were transported to hospitals in Catawba County for treatment.

Blankenship Road was closed  from Devils Track Road to Teague Town Road, due to the wreck for about three hours.

Both vehicles were considered a total loss.

 

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