VSP: One dead, one seriously injured after Friday night crash in Alleghany County

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ALLEGHANY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia State Police are investigating after a Friday night crash in Alleghany County left one man dead and another seriously injured.

According to police, the single-vehicle crash took place at approximately 11:20 p.m. on Friday, July 16 along Route 159, less than a mile south of Route 659.

A 2014 Chevrolet Equinox was traveling on Route 159, but as it came through a curve, it ran off the right side of the road, traveling approximately 200 feet before overturning into a creekbed, authorities say.

The driver — identified by officials as 25-year-old John M. Payne of Roanoke — was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene of the crash.

Meanwhile, Virginia State Police say a 28-year-old male passenger was transported to a nearby hospital with serious injuries after being partially ejected from the vehicle. 

Police say neither the driver nor the passenger was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

This fatal crash investigation is still ongoing as of Monday, July 19.

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