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NC fire chief was on his way to accept an award. He died in a fiery crash on I-40.

Chief Richard Sales of the Reynolds Volunteer Fire Department.
Chief Richard Sales of the Reynolds Volunteer Fire Department. WBTV

A North Carolina fire chief was killed Sunday after a car overturned and caught fire on Interstate 40 in Iredell County.

Chief Richard Sales, 52, of Reynolds Volunteer Fire Department was killed in the crash.

He was on his way to accept an award on behalf of the fire department at Child Passenger Safety Conference in Wilmington when the crash happened.

The crash occurred on I-40 west of Statesville near Old Mountain Road exit around 10 a.m.

The car passed through the eastbound traffic where it crossed the median and overturned onto Wing Drive, officials say.

The car caught fire after overturning, killing Sales.

Sales had been the fire chief for the past 10 years, but he served all positions in the organization.

He succeeded his father, who was the chief at the fire department before him.

Chief Ryan Cole of the Skyland Fire Department said that Sales will leave a lasting impact on the fire service in Western North Carolina and across the state.

Officials have not said what may have caused the crash.

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