Stephen Matyas, Megan Brannon Killed in Motorcycle Accident on U.S. 220 in Rockingham County, NC
UPDATE (September 6, 2023): Recent reports identified the victims and clarified some of the details surrounding the accident. In reports, it appears that 33-year-old Stephen Matyas and 29-year-old Megan Justine Brannon were the motorcyclists killed as a result of the crash. Three other motorcyclists were reportedly treated for their injuries and released from care.
According to current information in the news, the incident involved a tractor-trailer traveling along Route 220. Part of the trailer apparently snagged an overhead power line, pulling down the line, snapping the utility pole, and causing a tarp to fall from the truck into the roadway along with the downed line. The group of motoryclists either hit these obstacles or crashed trying to avoid the debris.
The truck involved apparently left the scene. Images in the news show it to be a white semi with a black, open-top trailer. Authorities say they later located the suspected runaway vehicle, but they have not specified if they've identified the driver. No charges are confirmed at this time.
Rockingham County, NC — September 1, 2023, two people were killed due to a motorcycle accident early Friday along U.S. Highway 220.
According to officials, the incident took place on northbound lanes of the highway in the area of the Williams Road intersection at approximately 11:00 a.m.
Current statements in the news suggest there were five motorcyclists traveling along the highway at the time. In the road, it appears a tractor-trailer may have lost a "tarp and frame." This may have resulted in a power line falling down, leaving debris in the road. Authorities say it's believed the motorcyclists crashed due to this debris.
Two people were killed in the accident, reports say. Those victims have not yet been publicly identified. It's unclear if there were any injuries. Authorities say the tractor-trailer allegedly involved in the accident did not stay at the scene. It appears they're looking for a tractor-trailer with a white cab and an "open back trailer." No further information can be confirmed right now.