According to witnesses, the black Eclipse caught fire shortly after crashing on U.S. 221 North around 3 p.m. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

One man was killed after his car overturned on U.S. 221 North near Linville Falls Golf Course Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency crews were called out to U.S. 221 North around 3 p.m. for a single-car wreck involving a black Mitsubishi Eclipse. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity had not been released as of deadline Tuesday.

Trooper Eddie Hobson, of the N.C. Highway Patrol, said the driver of the car appeared to be speeding as he was travelling south on U.S. 221.

“The driver struck the railroad overpass around the curve and it appears that the vehicle flipped and came to a rest next to a tree. The cause of the wreck is still under investigation,” said Hobson, “The driver was wearing a seatbelt.”

Tina Jordan, who owns Maggie’s Antique Mall, called 911 when she heard the crash.

“I heard them speeding, and then I heard the crash,” she said. “I saw the car and ran back in and called 911, and they asked me how many people were in the car. I’ve been here 17 years and there have been lots of wrecks through here. People pay no attention to the 45-mile-per-hour speed limit.”

Scott Cox, who lives nearby, is a former paramedic. He also called 911 when he heard the accident.

“He was a younger guy, mid-20s. He was still alive when I got there and was shaking,” said Cox. “The vehicle was burning and the guy who witnessed it ran out with his fire extinguisher and put the flames out.”

Cox said the man who witnessed the wreck was traveling north on U.S. 221 when the driver of the Eclipse came into his lane and swerved back over. That driver told Cox he saw the wreck happen in his rear view mirror and stopped to help.

The driver who was killed was apparently the only person in the car.

Woodlawn and Ashford-North Cove fire departments, McDowell EMS, McDowell Rescue, N.C. Highway Patrol and first-responders assisted at the scene.