STATE ROAD — Authorities Thursday morning released the names of those involved in a wreck in State Road that killed two people.
The head-on collision happened shortly before noon on Wednesday on U.S. 21 in State Road.
Trooper Brian Jones with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, who was the lead investigating officer, said both drivers in the wreck were killed.
John Shelton, Surry County emergency services director, said Thursday 73-year-old W.J. Michael Palmer of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, and Camden Bradford Power, 22, of 296 Holly Run, Glade Valley, were killed.
The only passenger involved in the accident, an elderly female, Elizabeth Palmer, was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Health yesterday in critical but stable condition and was later released, according to Shelton.
According to Shelton and the highway patrol, Power was driving a burgundy car with Florida license tags north on U.S. 21 when the car crossed left of center, in a non-passing area of the road into the path of the oncoming southbound silver car driven by W.J. Michael Palmer.
A witness to the accident, David Royal, who said he lives about three-quarters of a mile away from the scene of the accident in State Road, heard the crash and called it “loud.”
Jones also said there were eyewitness accounts to the accident who reported the burgundy car was traveling in excess of the speed limit.
Shelton said EMS received the call at 11:45 a.m. State Road, Mountain Park and Elkin fire departments, Mountain Park and Elkin rescue squads, Surry County EMS and area state troopers were at the scene into the afternoon, removing victims from the wreckage, doing investigative work and using safety measures for one of the cars still leaking fuel on the scene.
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