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One person dead, several injured after morning crash in Hanover County

Published: Oct. 21, 2015 at 9:18 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 31, 2015 at 9:58 PM EDT
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HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - The Hanover County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate after one person was killed and several others were taken to the hospital after a Wednesday morning crash.
  
Deputies have not identified the victims, but it happened around 8 a.m. on Mountain Road, in the Montpelier section of the county, near Dunn Road. The road was closed for more than five hours as investigators tried to piece together what happened. An SUV was one of the three vehicles involved in the fatal crash on Mountain Road. Investigators with the Hanover County Sheriff's Office say the SUV was traveling east when it crossed the center line and hit the back wheel of an oncoming flatbed tractor trailer. From there, investigators say the tractor trailer hit a car head on, killing that car's driver.

Neighbors say the incident is not the first bad accident that has happened in the area, and they say it won't be the last.

"I heard BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM!" Omer Grubbs, Jr. said, who was outside when he heard the noise. "I knew it was going to be bad. All I could see was one SUV. I couldn't see the rest," he said.  Grubbs has lived in the area for all of his 68-years, and he said people use the road as a short cut and don't always pay attention to the speed limit.

"It's a terrible situation. Somebody's life was involved. It's sad," Hanover County resident Wade Smeltzer said.

Several people on Facebook also echoed the statement, saying, "There are too many accidents and fatalities on Mountain Road!" and "Prayers to everyone who travels Route 33 each day because it's a dangerous road to travel."

Within the past three years, VDOT said there have been three crashes in the area.  Neither were fatal or had serious injuries. 

The driver of the tractor trailer was med flighted to VCU Medical Center.  The two people in the SUV were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Deputies have not released an update on their condition.

No word if any charges are pending.

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