Paratrooper dies after fiery wreck

A man died Monday after his vehicle crashed into a tree and caught on fire in Hoke County.

A press release Tuesday from Fort Bragg officials said a paratrooper was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Hoke. The paratrooper was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said that a 30-year-old man from Fayetteville died at a hospital following the accident.

The accident happened around 4:19 p.m. on Laurinburg Road near Ryan McBryde Road in the Bowmore area of Hoke County. The driver was driving a 2017 Ford when he reportedly ran off the road to the right and struck a tree. His vehicle caught on fire, the Highway Patrol said.

When law enforcement first arrived on the scene, the vehicle was already engulfed in flames and explosions were taking place, according to a dispatch heard on a police scanner from Hoke County emergency communications. Firefighters and emergency medical workers rushed to the accident. The man died at a hospital after the crash, according to the Highway Patrol.

The News-Journal chose not to immediately publish the man’s name as it was unclear whether his next of kin had been notified. Further details weren’t yet available.

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