A North Carolina prison inmate died Monday in a wreck on Interstate 85 in Gastonia while driving a stolen pickup truck, authorities said.
David A. Woods, a minimum-custody inmate at Gaston Correctional Center, left his outside work assignment Monday and was reported missing at 12:50 p.m., the state Department of Public Safety said in a news release.
He was driving a city of Lowell Ford pickup truck when it crashed at I-85 exit 14 at about 2:15 p.m., the department said.
Woods, 46, was convicted of second-degree murder on May 25, 1995, and was serving a life sentence.
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The Gastonia Police Department is investigating the single-vehicle wreck, and the N.C. Division of Prisons is investigating the circumstances of his escape.
At least three other Gaston Correctional inmates have escaped since 2016.
In October 2016, Dennis Carver, serving time for larceny of a motor vehicle, left the prison while working his maintenance job outside the prison's perimeter fence.
In March 2017, Brian Sweeting ran off from his work release job at Ruth's Salads in Charlotte. Sweeting was in prison for drug trafficking and possession of stolen goods.
In June 2017, Tony Meeks, who was serving time for robbery with a dangerous weapon, escaped from the prison.
All three were later caught.
Gaston Correctional houses roughly 240 minimum-custody inmates.