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Section of Blue Ridge Parkway reopens after wreck

Section of Blue Ridge Parkway reopens after wreck


The National Park Service has reopened a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Roanoke that was closed to traffic after a fatal wreck last week.

The Sept. 2 crash at mile marker 132.5 in Bent Mountain killed one person and sent several people to the hospital, authorities said. The closure, which spanned from mile marker 121 near U.S. 220 to mile marker 136 at Adney Gap, ended Friday afternoon, officials said.

Ian Mills, 44, of Roanoke, died in what authorities described as a head-on collision. The vehicle in which Mills was riding went over an embankment, while the other caught fire, authorities said.

Mills was in the vehicle with his parents, Curtis Mills and Donna Mills, who were injured, Carilion Clinic said. Curtis Mills is a senior vice president at Carilion.

Donna Mills was in serious condition Monday, according to Carilion spokeswoman Hannah Curtis, who added that Carilion incorrectly described her condition last week as good when she was actually in critical condition. Curtis Mills was listed in good condition last week. No information about his condition was available Monday.

One person was injured in the vehicle that caught fire, according to parkway spokeswoman Caitlin Worth. No name or condition information was released.

Authorities said that alcohol and illegal drugs were not factors in the wreck and that the investigation was continuing. Further details were not available.

Eight people died in traffic wrecks on the parkway in 2018, park service spokeswoman Leesa Brandon said.

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Jeff Sturgeon covers business, banking, transportation and federal court. Phone: (540) 981-3251. Email: Mail: 201 W. Campbell Ave., Roanoke, VA 24011.

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