Father dead after wreck; Son, 2 others injured

by: Catherine Bilkey Updated:


STATESVILLE - A father is dead and his son and two young friends are injured after a wreck near Statesville Saturday evening. Troopers are still investigating the crash but have said speed was a factor.

“I figured they’d all be dead,” witness John Brotherton said.

Brotherton walked a Channel 9 crew through what happened on Taylor Springs Road in Iredell County. He said he heard the truck first. 

“And he started flipping when he [gets to] the driveway,” Brotherton said.

There were four people in the truck. The driver, Ralph Workman, and three kids: a 9-year-old and two 12-year-olds. Brotherton and his wife rushed from the home to the bottom of the yard.

“My wife, she’s a retired registered nurse, and I told her to get down there quick,” Brotherton said. “She came down there and went to [Workman]. And I said he’s gone.”

The couple tried to keep the kids, including Workman’s son, calm. Family members told Channel 9 the three kids will survive, but they’re deeply saddened by the loss of Workman. The crash is still under investigation.