ESSEX, VA (WWBT) - A driver is dead after an early Sunday morning crash in Essex.
The crash happened at 1:10 a.m. on Route 619 (Sunnyside Road), near Route 650 (Hickory Hill Road).
Troopers say a 1998 Ford Escort was heading east on Route 619 when the driver lost control, causing the car to run off the right side of the road and hit a tree. The car then caught on fire, and a passenger was ejected from the vehicle.
The driver, a man, died at the scene, and the passenger was med-flighted to VCU Medical Center with serious injuries.
The crash is under investigation.
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