Blowing Rock Fire Department Member Dies In Monday Wreck

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A member of the Blowing Rock Fire Department, and Watauga Rescue, was killed in a Monday morning wreck near Boone. The wreck on Poplar Grove Road involved a motorcycle, driven by 21 year old Travis Gryder, and a Chevy Tahoe, driven by Conner Gantt, according to published reports.

The accident occurred between Eureka Hills Drive and Saratoga Drive, according to the Watauga Democrat, when Gryder’s motorcycle went left of center hitting the Tahoe. WINGS Air Rescue was called to airlift Gryder, but due to his condition was transported to Watauga Medical Center where he later passed away.

Gryder is the son of long time Boone lawyer, and recently appointed district court judge for the 24th Judicial District, Rebecca Eggers-Gryder.

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