Waynesville Police Department

A Canton man passed away as a result of a Saturday afternoon collision on U.S. 23/74 in Waynesville.

The Waynesville Police Department was dispatched to Tarheel Drive, which runs parallel to the eastbound side of the highway between exits 98 and 100, to find that a Ford SUV had flipped over the guardrail and onto that road.

Waynesville Lt. Brandon Gilmore said that Nathan Osborn, 25, of Canton, was pronounced dead at the scene. In addition, the driver, a female, and two minors — who had been secured in car seats — were transported to the hospital. Gilmore said the 3-year-old has undergone surgery and a 4-year-old is still in critical condition.

Gilmore said the Ford struck the guardrail right at its edge before leaving the highway, meaning it was close to hitting a spot that would likely have kept it on the road. Gilmore also noted that moisture on the roadway may have played a role.

“It had been raining pretty extensively and had just gone down to a light drizzle at that time,” he said.

Gilmore said police have seized another vehicle, a 2019 Jeep SUV they believe collided with the Ford, as part of an ongoing investigation, but no charges have yet been filed.

“We’re still trying to figure out which vehicle struck the other,” he said. “We also have several witnesses that we’re having to reinterview.”

In addition, Gilmore said investigators still haven’t spoken with the driver of the Ford.

“We’re hoping by the end of the week to talk to her,” he said.

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