Driver dead, passenger hurt after crash in Wise County

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WISE COUNTY (WSLS 10) - One person is dead and another is in the hospital after a crash in Wise County.

Virginia State Police say it happened at 5:25 Monday morning, on Route 643, just over a mile south of Route 670.

The two people were traveling south on Route 643 when they ran off the left side of the road and hit a tree.

The driver, Christopher T. Covell, 47, died at the scene. Police say he was not wearing a seatbelt.

The passenger, Ricky W. Niece, 36, was taken to Norton Community Hospital and then on to Johnson City Medical Center for the treatment of serious injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.