LaGrange man killed in morning accident near Richlands

Richlands, N.C. (WNCT) – The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal car accident in Richlands.

Troopers tell 9 On Your Side the accident happened on U-S 258 near Haw Branch Road in Richlands around 6:28 a.m.

Joshua Phillips, 24, of LaGrange, was traveling south toward Richlands when he crossed the center line, hit a ditch and then a tree.

He was the only person involved in the crash. Trooper R.W. West of Highway Patrol says he believes alcohol was a contributing factor in the incident.