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Charlotte pilot dies after plane crashes on I-85, collides with tractor-trailer in Davidson County

The plane crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer on the interstate.
The crash happened at 5:10 p.m. near mile marker 88, which is near Hargrave Road in Lexington.
The crash happened at 5:10 p.m. near mile marker 88, which is near Hargrave Road in Lexington.(Provided via Bryant Roland)
Published: Feb. 16, 2022 at 7:46 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, N.C. (WBTV) - Troopers are investigating after a deadly plane crash involving a tractor-trailer on I-85 in Davidson County late Wednesday afternoon, according to Lexington City Manager Terra Greene.

The crash happened at 5:10 p.m. near mile marker 88, which is near Hargrave Road in Lexington.

The pilot was taking off from the airport when the crash happened and he did not survive. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol identified the pilot as 43-year-old Raymond John Ackley, from Charlotte, according to WFMY in Greensboro.

The plane crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer, causing a fire as the truck overturned.

The driver of the tractor-trailer did not appear to have life-threatening injuries.

The crash happened at 5:10 p.m. near mile marker 88, which is near Hargrave Road in Lexington.

All lanes of I-85 South and the left lane of I-85 North are closed near Exit 88 (NC 47) near Lexington, due to a crash. This is near the Davidson County Airport.

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