Virginia State Police Investigate Fatal Crash on I-64 in Albemarle County

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Two people died in a head-on collision after police say a pick-up truck drove the wrong way on Interstate 64 in Albemarle County Sunday morning.

Just after 6:00 a.m., Virginia State Police responded to reports of a green Isuzu pick-up truck driving recklessly in the westbound lanes. As troopers caught up with the driver, they say he drove through an emergency crossover in the median and went the wrong way in the eastbound lanes.

A few minutes later, the truck slammed head-on into a Hyundai sedan driven by 30-year-old Bethany Franklin of Troutville, Virginia. She died at the scene.

The driver of the pick-up, 32-year-old Winston Smith II, from Staunton, was also killed. Smith was an employee at NBC29.

Both vehicles hit an eastbound truck. The driver of that truck was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center with minor injuries.

The crash shut down eastbound I-64 in Ivy for several hours.

Virginia State Police Press 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.