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One confirmed dead when car and tractor-trailer catch fire after crash in Pittsylvania County
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One confirmed dead when car and tractor-trailer catch fire after crash in Pittsylvania County

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Virginia State Police confirmed at least one fatality following a car’s crash with a tractor-trailer Tuesday afternoon in Pittsylvania County.

No names were released of either the person who died or of either driver. There was no information about whether there were passengers in either vehicle or if there were other possible injuries.

Shortly before 1 p.m., a sedan of an unidentified make crashed with a R+L Carriers semi-truck on Cane Creek Parkway at Morgan Olson Way, near the intersection of Tom Fork Road.

There is no stop sign for northbound or southbound traffic on that stretch of road, but there is a stop sign for traffic entering from Tom Fork Road.

The intersection of the three roads was littered with glass fragments several hours after the wreck.

The vehicles’ final resting place, though, was several hundred feet away — with the tractor-trailer facing south toward U.S. 58, likely indicating its original direction of travel, but sitting in the northbound lane. The front end of the car was heavily damaged and lodged underneath the trailer.

The impact of the crash caused the car and trailer to catch fire, sending a large plume of black smoke into the sky.

Nearby residents and workers on a job site reported hearing the initial crash followed by loud popping noises, which one observer believed could have been the car’s tires bursting after possibly being dragged for a short distance after the crash.

Virginia State Police released no other details about the crash, which remains under investigation.


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