ASHEBORO N.C. – An Asheboro man was killed in a fiery single vehicle accident overnight according to the NC Highway Patrol.
At 10:10 p.m. on Thursday, July 7th, 2022, the State Highway Patrol responded to the report of a crash that occurred on Bell Simmons Road near US 220 Business in Randolph County.
According to Master Trooper Brian Martin, Troop D Public Information Officer, 69-year-old Michael Ray Cranford of Asheboro, N.C., was traveling west on Bell Simmons Road in a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero SUV. Cranford traveled off the road to the left and struck a tree when Cranford’s vehicle caught fire.
Cranford was unrestrained and ejected during the collision and later died on scene.
Bell Simmons Road near US 220 Business was closed for approximately one (1) hour during the investigation. Troopers cleared the scene at 12:46 a.m.