A Taylorsville man died this morning in a head on collision in Wilkes County.
According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, 80 year old Junior Blackburn of Taylorsville was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Highway 421 around 5:30 am. Blackburn was driving the wrong way on the divided highway at the time of the accident and struck another vehicle head on.
64 year old Charles Wade Stone also of Taylorsville was the driver of a second vehicle that was struck by Blackburn. Stone was airlifted to a regional medical facility from the scene.
Reports indicate the collision took place a few minutes after Wilkes County 911 received a call about a vehicle traveling the wrong way.