SMYTH COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A two-vehicle crash claimed the life of a teen Thursday afternoon in Smyth County.
According to Virginia State Police, the crash occurred a little before 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 10 on Route 16 — a mile-and-a-half south of Route 676.
Troopers say a 1999 Lexus 400 sedan was traveling north on Route 16 when it ran off the side of the road, overcorrected, crossed the center line and into the southbound lane, where it collided with a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe.
The impact of the crash caused the Lexus to separate. The rear of the vehicle came to rest in a creek and the front of the vehicle stopped in the southbound lane.
The driver of the Lexus, 61-year-old Ricky Bryant of Ennice, N.C., was flown to Bristol Regional Hospital with serious injuries.
A 14-year-old boy in the Lexus was taken to Abingdon Regional Hospital.
Another passenger in the Lexus — a 13-year-old boy, also from Ennice, N.C. — died at the scene. Police say he was was wearing a seatbelt.
The driver of the Tahoe, 54-year-old Randy Reedy of Troutville, was taken to Smyth County Hospital was taken to Smyth County Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Bryant was charged with reckless driving. The crash remains under investigation.