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New Salisbury man dies in crash

New Salisbury man dies in crash
New Salisbury man dies in crash
Members of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. gather information for a report following a crash along Hancock Chapel Road. James R. Payton died at the scene. Photo by Joey Bowling

A 41-year-old New Salisbury man died Friday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash.

According to a report by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept., James R. Payton was traveling west on Hancock Chapel Road in a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero when the vehicle left the roadway on the north side and went into the grass.

Police said Payton re-entered the roadway then exited on the south side where he struck a tree in the 300 block of Hancock Chapel.

According to the report, Payton was not wearing a seat belt but his air bag did deploy. The report indicated he was driving at an unsafe speed when the crash occurred.

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