Authorities identify Norfolk Southern worker who died in Montgomery County crash


MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. – The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office released the name of the 40-year-old man who died in Wednesday morning's crash on Jennelle Road.

Keith Whited, of Castlewood, Virginia, was driving a Norfolk Southern truck when he left the right side of the road, overcorrected and crossed the center line into oncoming traffic, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Whited's truck hit an SUV being driven by Alexander Zuchowicz, of Blacksburg, which caused both cars to overturn.

Diesel fuel that spilled from the tank of the truck resulted in the truck catching fire, according to the sheriff's office. 

Zuchowicz was taken to Montgomery Regional Hospital with what the Sheriff's Office says are non-life-threatening injuries.


One person is dead and another person is in the hospital after a crash in Montgomery County on Wednesday morning.

At about  8:26 a.m., the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office responded to the crash involving a Norfolk Southern work truck and a Ford SUV in the 900 block of Jennelle Road near its intersection with Cedar Run Road.

Upon arrival, Blacksburg Rescue Squad transported the SUV's driver to the hospital. The seriousness of the driver's injuries are not known at this time.

The driver of the work truck was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Sheriff's Office. 

Members of the Blacksburg Fire Department, Christiansburg Fire Department and the Roanoke Valley Regional Hazardous Materials team were on the scene due to the Norfolk Southern vehicle fire and an associated diesel fuel spill from a tank on the truck.

Once both the initial investigation and family notifications have been completed, we will provide an update.

Traffic along Jennelle Road is currently being detoured due to the incident.

Members of the Blacksburg Police Department also responded to the scene. 

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