Jury decided for Rockbridge County gas station explosion trial

Westmoreland, the man believed to be responsible for the 2019 incident, could face up to 40 years in prison if he’s found guilty

It's been three years since four people died in a Rockbridge County gas station explosion

BUENA VISTA, Va. – A familiar Rockbridge County case was back in court this week.

The gas station explosion of 2019 left four people dead, and on Monday, the man believed to be responsible for the tragedy faced a judge and jury.

Phillip Westmoreland was charged with involuntary manslaughter and could face up to 40 years in prison in addition to fines if he is found guilty.

State police said he was driving the fuel delivery truck at the South River Market in Buena Vista on that day’s incident.

The decision rests in the hands of the judge and the jury, comprised of seven men and seven women.

Opening arguments will begin on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.

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