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A 27-year-old Wilkesboro man died in a crash Wednesday morning on Interstate 77 near I-40.

Henry Alexander Gonzalez Rodriguez was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Rodriguez was driving a 2005 Toyota Scion, traveling north on I-77, said Master Trooper Jeffrey S. Swagger of the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

He said the Scion was driving in the left lane and that witnesses said it was being operated erratically. As the Scion topped a slight hill, it came upon another northbound vehicle in the left lane, said Trooper Nick Chapman. “The driver braked really hard and lost control,” Chapman said.

The car hit the median guardrail and the impact sent it into the right lane where it was struck by a 1997 International tractor-trailer carrying cut timber, Chapman said.

Both vehicles went off the right side of the road and the truck overturned, losing part of its load.

The tractor-trailer was driven by James Edward Bodford, 62, of Mocksville and the truck was owned by Shaver Wood Products of Cleveland. Bodford was not injured, Swagger said.

Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts and there were no initial indications of impairment. No charges are expected.

Swagger said both lanes of I-77 north were closed for approximately two hours and one lane was reopened as cleanup continued for several hours.

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