Authorities Investigating Fatal Car Accident in Orange County

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The crash left one person dead The crash left one person dead
Crews responded to the call around 9 p.m. on Jan. 17 Crews responded to the call around 9 p.m. on Jan. 17

Virginia State Police are investigating a car accident that left one person dead.

Fire crews got the call shortly after 9 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, for an accident on Route 20 near Cleveland Drive in Barboursville.

Crews on scene say the driver ran off the road and was possibly ejected.

As of 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Route 20 is closed and will remain so while sheriff's deputies reconstruct the scene.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the investigation was being conducted by the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Press Release from Virginia State Police:

Virginia State Police Trooper J.W. Allen is investigating a fatal crash in Orange County. The crash occurred Jan. 17, 2019 at 8:35 p.m. on Route 20 at Cleveland Drive.

A 2000 Chevrolet Suburban was traveling north on Rt. 20 when it ran off the right side of the road. The Chevrolet overturned before striking a tree and then coming to rest.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Whitney D.Herring, 55, of Barboursville, Va., was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Herring died at the scene.

Alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

Virginia State Police was assisted by the Orange Sheriff’s Office, Barboursville Volunteer Fire Department, and VDOT.