Well-known Union County businessman killed in accident

Well-known Union County businessman killed in accident

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on January 31, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 31 at 5:21 PM

UNION COUNTY, N.C. -- A well-known Union County man was killed in an accident on Thursday afternoon.

Troopers from the North Carolina Highway Patrol said 62-year-old Richard Simpson was killed when he ran a red light and collided with a truck at the intersection of N.C. Highway 200 and N.C. Highway 218 around 12:30 p.m.

Simpson was the owner of Simpson's Egg Farm in Monroe.

(Click here to see images from the wreck)

Simpson was driving his truck on N.C. Highway 218 when did not stop for a red light and his truck collided with another truck heading through the intersection, according to troopers.

Authorities also said Simpson was not wearing a seat belt. The driver in the other truck was not injured.

This is the second fatal accident in the last month at this intersection. A man was killed on January 9 when police say a tractor-trailer sped through a red light and plowed into a truck.

An 18-wheeler approached a red light at the intersection and did not slow down, striking a plumbing pick-up truck, according to officials.

The driver of the plumbing truck, Larry Mitchell Smith of Stanfield, was flown to Carolinas Medical Center but later died. 

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