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Wreck claims one life Friday in Vinton

Wreck claims one life Friday in Vinton

A Vinton man died Friday evening after a vehicle struck a stopped tractor-trailer and overturned near Vinton, according to the Virginia State Police.

The wreck was reported around 6:29 p.m. in the 16000 block of Stewartsville Road in Bedford County, officials said. A tractor-trailer was stopped in the crossover on Virginia 24 to make a left turn onto Irene Drive, when it was struck in the rear by a 1994 Ford Econoline E150 van, according to a state police news release.

The driver of the van, Gerald W. Fairchild, 63, of Vinton, died at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

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