Two dead after collision on Interstate 64 in Albemarle

(CHARLOTTESVILLE – WINA) Two people were killed Sunday following a collision in the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 in Albemarle County. A man in a pickup truck was heading west in the eastbound lane, and his vehicle collided with a Botetourt County woman’s car going in the right direction. Both the pickup driver, 32 year old Winston J.

Smith the 2nd of Staunton, and the driver of a Hyundai, 30 year old Bethany Franklin of Troutville, died at the scene. State Police say it happened shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday at mile marker 114.

Police say the impact of the fatal collision also affected a different pickup truck. The driver of the third vehicle was transported to UVA Hospital so he could be treated for minor injuries. XXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

July 16, 2017, State Police News Release: At 6:04 a.m., Sunday (July 16, 2017), Virginia State Police were notified of a green pickup truck driving recklessly in the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 in Albemarle County. Several minutes later, a second report was called in about a green pickup truck in the Emergency Vehicle Crossover in the I-64 median.

As state police were responding, the pickup truck drove through the crossover and began driving the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of I-64. At 6:09 a.m., state police were notified of a head-on collision in the eastbound lanes of I-64 at the 114 mile marker in Albemarle County. The green Isuzu pickup truck was traveling west in the eastbound lane when it struck head-on an eastbound Hyundai sedan.

The impact of that crash caused the vehicles to strike an eastbound Ford F-150 utility pickup truck. The driver of the Isuzu, Winston J. Smith II, 32, of Staunton, Va., died at the scene.

He was wearing a seatbelt. The driver of the Hyundai, Bethany M. Franklin, 30, of Troutville, Va., died at the scene.

She was wearing a seatbelt.

The adult male driver of the F150 pickup was transported to UVA Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation at this time.

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