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BREAKING NEWS: Stuart man dies in accident

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Stuart man died Thursday after his car struck a utility pole, went down an embankment and overturned in a river, according to a release from the Virginia State Police.

Taylor Stuart Blankenship, 73, was pronounced dead at the scene, the release stated.

The crash occurred around 11:20 a.m. Thursday on Route 618 three tenths of a mile north of Route 708 in Patrick County, the release stated.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 1993 Chevrolet Lumina was traveling southbound on Route 618 when it ran off the road, overcorrected, crossed the road on the left and struck a utility pole before traveling down an embankment, causing the vehicle to overturn in a river, the release stated.

Blankenship, the driver, was wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash, the release added.

The investigation of the accident is continuing, and no additional details were available Thursday night, the State Police release stated.


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