Gaston & Catawba

1 dead in Morganton wreck

Observer Staff Reports

A Morganton man was killed in a single-vehicle crash that apparently happened Sunday but wasn't discovered until this morning.

The N.C. Highway Patrol has identified the victim as Brandon Keith Lane, 28. His body was found inside his 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe, which was discovered about 11:30 this morning on the side of Interstate 40 in Burke County. The vehicle was found off the westbound lanes, west of the Valdese exit.

Troopers say Lane's SUV apparently went off the road and then struck a guardrail before flipping off the road and rolling down a 70-foot embankment.

According to the Morganton News-Herald, family members reported Lane missing Sunday morning, after he failed to return from a trip to Hickory. The Morganton newspaper is reporting that family members this morning searched along I-40 and discovered the wreckage.

No other injuries were reported.

The Morganton News-Herald contributed.