One Dead in ATV Accident

CRUMPLER– One man is dead after an ATV accident in McDowell County.

Around 1:30 Friday morning state police were dispatched to the Crumpler area in reference to an ATV crash on County Route 14. When police arrived they found a green Kawasaki ATV had traveled off the road, over an embankment and crashed into a tree. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Police identified the victim as Thomas Melvin from South Carolina. He was visiting McDowell county with friends.

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