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Car engulfed in flames after crash, man found dead inside
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Car engulfed in flames after crash, man found dead inside

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A man has died after his car struck a utility pole early Wednesday and was engulfed in flames, according to Winston-Salem Police. 

Police said Brian Melvin Colson, of 401 Beaumont Street, was going south on North Broad Street when his 2004 Ford Taurus veered off the road to the right. His car collided with a utility pole before striking the side of a parked vehicle in front of Piedmont Music Center and coming to a halt, according to police. The car then caught fire, police said. 

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Officers found the burning car in the 200 block of North Broad Street and found Colson's body inside after the Winston-Salem Fire Department put out the fire.

Medical examiners determined that Colson suffered a severe medical event while operating his vehicle, which resulted in the crash. 

North Broad Street from Second Street to Fourth Street will be closed Wednesday for repairs and to replace the utility pole, although it wasn't immediately clear how long the work will take.




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