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Man killed in fiery crash after hitting utility pole in Winston-Salem

Brian Colson hit a utility pole and sideswiped a vehicle before his car caught fire, police say.
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police were called just before 1 a.m. to the 200 block of N. Broad Street for reports of the crash. Officers found a car in flames. The Winston-Salem Fire Department put the fire out and found Brian Melvin Colson, 64, dead inside the 2004 Ford Taurus.

Investigators said Colson was driving south on N. Broad Street when he went off the road, hit a utility pole and the side of a parked vehicle before coming to a stop in front of Piedmont Music Center where his car caught fire.

The medical examiner's office said Colson suffered a severe medical event while operating his vehicle, which resulted in the crash and his death.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.