One dead after car and tractor-trailer catch fire after crash in Virginia

by SpeedLux
car and tractor-trailer crash in Pittsylvania County, Virginia

Virginia State Police confirmed one death after a car crash with a tractor-trailer Tuesday afternoon in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

No names have been released about any person involved in the accident. There was no information about whether there were passengers in either vehicle or if there were other injuries.

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

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

The intersection of the three roads contained glass fragments for several hours following the accident.

The automobiles’ 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 accident lead the car and trailer to catch fire, sending a large plume of black smoke into the sky.

Nearby citizens on a job site reported hearing the initial crash and then loud popping noises, which one observer believed could have been the vehicle’s tires bursting after it was probably dragged for a short distance after the accident.

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