McDowell emergency officials are working the scene of a two car accident involving a downed tree on Toms Creek Road near N.C. 80 in Marion.
One person is confirmed dead, and another person was airlifted to Mission Trauma Center in critical condition.
Toms Creek Road remains closed as of 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11.
The N.C. Highway Patrol is investigating. This is a developing story.