A man was killed when his pickup truck rear-ended a tractor-trailer on Interstate 85 in Gastonia Thursday morning.
According to the Gastonia Police Department, the fatal wreck occurred just after 12 a.m. on I-85 northbound just north of US 321.
Police say 46-year-old Charles Robert Lowery was driving a 1987 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck and was heading north on I-85 when he rear-ended the trailer of a 2016 Freightliner tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer had slowed down because of road construction, officers say.
Lowery was taken to CaroMont Regional Medical Center when he later died, police said.
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Officers don't believe speed or alcohol were factors in the wreck. Police said Lowery was not wearing a seat belt.
The interstate reopened around 2 a.m. after being closed for nearly two hours.
If you saw this crash or have additional information, you're asked to call the Gastonia Police Department at 704-866-6702.