FRANKLIN, Va. (WAVY) — Two people were killed in a crash Wednesday morning on U.S. Route 258 (Smiths Ferry Road) near the City of Franklin, according to Virginia State Police.
State police say a call was received just before 6:30 a.m. reporting a multi-vehicle crash with people trapped and one vehicle on fire. The crash was confirmed as a double fatal.
Troopers say a truck with three occupants going north on 258 — five miles from North Carolina state line — ran off the road into the trees. The truck burst into flames following the impact.
WAVY’s Jason Marks reports there were no skid marks at the scene Wednesday afternoon.
Emergency responders were able to get a man out of the truck. State police identified the man as 64-year-old John Futrell, of Murfreesboro, North Carolina. He suffered major injuries and was flown to VCU Medical Center in Richmond.
The other two people in the truck, the driver and a passenger, were pronounced dead at the scene. State police say they were “burned beyond recognition” and were taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office to be identified.
The crash was called in by another driver passing by the scene.
The Virginia Department of Transportation reported Wednesday morning that the crash closed all eastbound and westbound lanes on 258 near S. Quay Road. The roadway was reopened after 1 p.m.
Police are still investigating the crash.
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