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29-year-old woman dies in car fire on I-81 in Montgomery County

Lights atop a police cruiser flash at the scene of a crime in this undated file image.
Lights atop a police cruiser flash at the scene of a crime in this undated file image. (KPRC/File)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. – A 29-year-old woman died in a car fire on I-81S over the weekend, according to Virginia State Police.

Authorities say the crash happened in Montgomery County near mile marker 119 around 6:20 p.m. on Saturday.

Chelsea Rae King, 29 of Christiansburg, was driving a 2014 Jeep Cherokee on I-81S when she changed lanes and hit the back of a 2014 International tractor-trailer, according to police. Officers say the Jeep then caught on fire.

Authorities say King died at the scene.

According to police, the tractor-trailer driver was not hurt and the crash is under investigation.


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