A Troutville woman who worked as a firefighter/medic for the Bedford County Fire Department was one of two people killed in a head-on collision Sunday morning.
According to Virginia State Police, the crash happened at 6:04 a.m. Sunday in Albemarle County. State police were notified that a green pickup truck was being driven recklessly in the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 in Albemarle County. Several minutes later, a second report was called in about a green pickup truck in the emergency vehicle crossover in the I-64 median. As state police were responding, the pickup truck drove through the crossover and began driving the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of I-64.
At 6:09 a.m., state police were notified of a head-on collision in the eastbound lanes of I-64 at the 114 mile marker in Albemarle County. The green Isuzu pickup truck was traveling west in the eastbound lane when it hit head-on an eastbound Hyundai sedan. The impact of the collision caused the vehicles to hit an eastbound Ford F-150 utility pickup truck.
The driver of the Isuzu, Winston J. Smith II, 32, of Staunton, Va., died at the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt.
The driver of the Hyundai, Bethany M. Franklin, 30, of Troutville, Va., died at the scene. She was wearing a seatbelt.
Bedford Fire Marshal Jeff Pauley told WSLS 10 Franklin worked part-time as a firefighter/medic with the Bedford County Fire Department.
The man driver of the F150 pickup was taken to UVA Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
The crash remains under investigation at this time.
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