One dead in Union County crash

A man died early Saturday in Union County when he apparently lost control of his car, which went off the road and into a tree, according to the State Highway Patrol.

The Highway Patrol said 40-year-old Bart Blankenship was driving east on Potter Road near Weddington about 1:45 a.m. when he lost control of his car.

Blankenship died at the scene. He was alone in the vehicle.

Troopers are investigating whether speed, alcohol or the weather contributed to the crash. David Perlmutt