UPDATE 12:07 p.m.: Virginia State Police provided more information about the Grayson County tractor-trailer crash — including the names of the victims — that left two dead and one injured Monday morning.
Shortly after 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 15, police say a 2000 flatbed tractor-trailer was traveling north on Route 16. However, as it came through a curve, the vehicle crossed into the southbound lane, the trailer ran off the left side of the highway, and the tractor part of the vehicle overturned on its side in the southbound lane.
Then, according to officials, a 2009 logging truck traveling south on Route 16 could not avoid the commercial vehicle and hit the tractor.
Virginia State Police say the driver of the 2000 tractor-trailer, 38-year-old James M. Alley of Jefferson, N.C., and his passenger, 29-year-old Joshua J. Alley of Jefferson, N.C., were not wearing their seatbelts and both died at the scene.
Meanwhile, the driver of the 2009 tractor-trailer — identified by police as 31-year-old Randy Wagner, Jr. of Roaring Rapids, N.C. — was wearing a seatbelt and was brought to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.
According to the Independence Volunteer Fire Department, the Rugby Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad — which handled the fatal tractor-trailer crash on Route 16 — was originally dispatched to assist the Mount Rogers Volunteer Fire Department with a car fire on Middle Fork Lane on Monday.