UPDATE: Multi-vehicle crash leaves one man dead in Roanoke County; police say drugs may have been a factor

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UPDATE 6:06 P.M.: Roanoke County Police say a Jeep driven by Heather Jones, 34, of New Castle, was traveling northbound on Catawba Valley Drive in Roanoke County around 11:48 this morning when she crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed into a Mini Cooper driven by Jerry Broughman, 31, of New Castle. Broughman was traveling southbound and died at the scene. Jones and two passengers in Broughman’s Mini Cooper was transported to the hospital. County police say all passengers were wearing seatbelts.

Despite rainy conditions, weather was not a factor in this crash. Roanoke County Police say drugs may have been a factor and charges are pending.

UPDATE 3:40 p.m.: Catawba Valley Drive at Absolom Smith Road has been reopened.

The crash scene has been cleared.


ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Police ask Roanoke County motorists to avoid the area of Catawba Valley Drive and Absolom Smith Road until further notice following a multi-vehicle crash with injuries.

According to the Roanoke County Police Department, the multi-vehicle crash took place in the 2900 block of Catwba Valley Drive at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19.

The department says there are reports of injuries, but the extent of the injuries and identities of the injured parties have not been released.

Police say it is unknown if weather factored into the crash, but the Virginia Department of Transportation says all northbound and southbound lanes are closed on Catawba Valley Drive near Absolom Smith Road.

The crash investigation is ongoing.

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