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46-year-old Blacksburg woman dies in Route 8 crash

Crash involved tractor-trailer, car

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. – A 46-year-old Blacksburg woman died Friday morning in a head-on collision, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

Shortly after 9:30 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the crash involving a tractor-trailer and a car in the 4600 block of Riner Road (Route 8), near the intersection of Rustic Ridge Road.

Members of the Riner Rescue Squad and Fire Department found the driver, Louise Lephew, dead when they arrived.

Witnesses told deputies the car crossed the centerline and struck the truck, which attempted to swerve to the shoulder to avoid the crash. The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries.

Traffic along Riner Road was detoured for over four hours due to the incident, but the road is now open.