Shelby man dead in I-40 accident

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Posted: Monday, April 28, 2014 5:12 pm

A Shelby man died Sunday morning after losing control of his motorcycle on Interstate 40 in McDowell County.

According to Sgt. Kevin Owens of the N.C. Highway Patrol, on Sunday around 11:25 a.m., Rocky Wayne Millwood, 57, of Shelby, was travelling east with a pack of other motorcycles near exit 75 on I-40. He lost control of his custom-made chopper and headed toward the right shoulder of the road. Millwood’s motorcycle overturned and he was ejected from the bike. He rider and motorcycle both came to rest on the shoulder of the highway.

EMS paramedics along with members of the Old Fort Fire Department and McDowell County Rescue Squad found Millwood under cardiac arrest when they arrived and transported him to McDowell Hospital. He was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Witnesses at the scene told troopers they were going about 55 to 60 mph when they saw Millwood begin to weave within his lane, run off the right side of the road and overturn.

Sgt. Owens said an autopsy will be performed on Tuesday to determine the cause of death, but added that no drugs or alcohol were involved. Owens stated the motorcycle did not appear to have any kind of mechanical failure.

Emergency crews also responded to a single-car collision on I-40 Sunday night at 10:39 p.m. near the 77 mile marker.

One patient was found pinned in the vehicle. After extrication, the patient was transported to Mission’s Trauma Center in Asheville with potentially serious injuries.

McDowell EMS, Old Fort Fire Department, McDowell Rescue and the N.C. Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

Information concerning this wreck was unavailable at deadline.