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Veteran firefighter dies in Alexander wreck

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William Shook, 42, of Taylorsville, was killed in a two-vehicle wreck Tuesday afternoon in Alexander County, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

TAYLORSVILLE A veteran firefighter from Alexander County was killed in a two-vehicle head-on crash Tuesday, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Killed in the wreck was William Shook, 42, a lieutenant with the Taylorsville Fire Department. Shook had been a firefighter in Alexander County for two decades, according to fire officials.

The wreck was reported about 3 p.m. on N.C. 90, about 5 miles west of Taylorsville.

Troopers say Shook was driving a pickup truck that drifted across the center line and struck a dump truck. The dump truck driver was not seriously hurt.

The Highway Patrol says it is investigating why Shook’s vehicle crossed the center line.

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