Fatal Wreck On 421 Just Across Watauga Border On Friday

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4:40pm Saturday – according to multiple media reports the driver of the vehicle was Jessie Lee Roach, 31, of Lexington. Roach was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger, Bryan Billings, 31, of Thomasville, was transported by Wings helicopter to the Johnson City Medical Center.

The Watauga Democrat reports the vehicle was a straight truck pulling a Bobcat.


Traffic heading both in and out of the High Country on highway 421 was impacted by an overturned tractor and trailer on Friday afternoon. The wreck occurred in the second run away truck ramp heading down 421 from the Watauga/Wilkes county line. According to the Wilkes Journal Patriot newspaper, one person died at the scene while another was transported to Wilkes Regional Medical Center. Both individuals were in the tractor and trailer. The accident occurred around 2pm.

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