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Driver dies in crash on U.S. 220 near Rocky Mount, police say

Driver dies in crash on U.S. 220 near Rocky Mount, police say



Virginia State Police on Tuesday released the name of the driver who died in a Franklin County crash on Monday.

Jesse L.R. Chance, 18, of Rocky Mount died at the scene, according to state police. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Chance's car smashed into a dump truck on U.S. 220 in Rocky Mount, according to the Virginia State Police.

The crash happened about 3 p.m. at the Virginia 40 interchange after a state trooper reported clocking Chance's Chevrolet Impala going 81 mph in a 35 mph zone, officials said.

The Impala was headed north at the time but took the Virginia 40 exit when the trooper attempted to pull it over, authorities said.

The car then made a U-turn and got back onto the U.S. 220 north ramp, officials said, where it collided with the dump truck.

The impact of the crash sent both vehicles across the median and into the southbound lanes.

The dump truck driver wasn't injured.

Most lanes of U.S. 220 around the interchange were closed by the wreck for much of the day.

The collision remained under investigation Tuesday morning.


A crash has closed multiple lanes of U.S. 220 around the Virginia 40/Old Franklin Turnpike exit ramp near Rocky Mount, according to state and local traffic alerts.

The wreck, which happened on the highway's southbound side and involved a tractor-trailer, had shut down all southbound lanes approaching the scene as well as the northbound side's left lane and shoulder. The Virginia Department of Transportation's 511 system said U.S. 220 South traffic was being detoured onto Main Street and through Rocky Mount as of about 5:35 p.m.

Franklin County said the detour would be in effect for an unknown amount of time. Drivers should be prepared for delays and seek alternate routes if possible.

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