Two dead in interstate crash

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY – An early morning car crash has left two dead Sunday.

According to a release, Virginia State Police were notified at 6:04 a.m. Sunday of a green pickup truck driving recklessly in the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 in Albemarle County.

A second report came in minutes later about a green pickup truck in the Emergency Vehicle Crossover in the I-64 median, the release said. 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.

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State police were notified at 6:09 a.m. of a head-on collision in the eastbound lanes of I-64 at the 114 mile marker in Albemarle County, the release said.

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 release said.

The driver of the Isuzu, Winston J. Smith II, 32, of Staunton, died at the scene.

The driver of the Hyundai, Bethany M. Franklin, 30, of Troutville, died at the scene. Both were wearing seatbelts.

The adult male driver of the F-150 pickup was transported to UVA Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, the release said.

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The crash remains under investigation at this time.

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