UPDATE: Vehicle found in campground lake in Rockbridge County; three confirmed dead

Roanoke Valley News

ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – A crash involving a vehicle in a lake on private campground property in Rockbridge County has claimed the life of a yet-to-be-identified man, woman, and child.

State Police say they were notified about a vehicle in a lake shortly after noon on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at a private campground located off Route 39/Maury River Road.

As the investigation into the situation moved forward, troopers found out that a Toyota sedan and its three occupants were last seen leaving the campground between 11 and 11:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 16.

Police say the Toyota traveled just over a quarter mile from the campground toward Route 39 when it ran off the right side of the road, overturned multiple times down a steep embankment, and came to rest upside down in the lake.

The vehicle was said to be completely submerged except for the bottom of the tires.

A woman and a boy were recovered from the vehicle while a man was recovered from the lake.

VSP says that no criminal activity is suspected at this time, so the incident is being investigated as a traffic crash.

The Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office assisted with search efforts.

The victims have not yet been identified as State Police are working to notify the next of kin.

Editor’s note: Three people were killed in the crash. WFXR News previously reported that only one person lost their life. WFXR News regrets the error.

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