Crash kills West Virginia man traveling to San Antonio for lung transplant

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KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) — A West Virginia man traveling to Texas for an artificial lung transplant has died in a crash in North Carolina.

Media outlets report 56-year-old John Michael Newman of Beckley, West Virginia, died Wednesday in the two-vehicle accident on U.S. Route 74 near Kings Mountain.

North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper L.T. Randall says Newman was a passenger in the SUV driven by his relative when it was rear-ended by a pickup truck while trying to merge onto Interstate 85.

Randall says several others were taken to the hospital and treated for injuries. Charges are pending.

The Gaston Gazette reports Newman and three others were traveling to a motel in Shelby, where they planned to meet Newman’s girlfriend who was going to drive him to San Antonio, for the transplant. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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