One dead, multiple injured after Buchanan Co. crash

Published: Jul. 17, 2022 at 8:51 PM EDT
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BUCHANAN COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - A three-vehicle crash along Route 460 left a person dead and others wounded Wednesday.

Around 5 p.m., less than a mile east of Route 617, the driver of a Chevrolet Malibu was headed west before driving over the double solid line into the eastbound lanes and hitting a Ford Escape, according to Virginia State Police. The Malibu then hit a Honda Civic that was traveling east.

All the vehicles involved came to a stop in the eastbound lanes. According to Virginia State Police, the driver of a Ford F-150 traveling east was then unable to avoid hitting the Honda Civic and crashed.

Heather N. Earls, 33, was not wearing a seatbelt as a passenger and died at the scene. A 14-year-old boy and 8-year-old boy were both wearing seatbelts and taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

The drivers of the Honda and Malibu were taken to a hospital with serious to critical injuries.

Severe flooding in Buchanan County does not appear to be a factor in the crash, according to police.

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