Update: Police ID Teens Killed in Bedford Co. Accident

Update 3:50 p.m.:

Bedford Co., VA - Virginia State Police officials are investigating an accident that killed two teens Wednesday morning in Bedford County.

Officials say the accident happened around 8:30 a.m. on Route 24 at the intersection of Route 653. They say the driver of a 2000 Ford Mustang was traveling on Route 643 when he tried to make a left turn onto Route 24 and pulled into the path of a 2000 Ford F-250 pickup truck. The truck was traveling westbound on Route 24.

The driver of the Mustang, Jacob Henry Baird, 17, of Thaxton, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt.

Katie Thurston, 16, of Vinton, was a backseat passenger and was also pronounced dead at the scene. She was not wearing a seatbelt.

The two other passengers in the mustang were Shawn Hall, 19, of Vinton and Gradon Lewis Graybill, 18, of Blue Ridge. They were both taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, and officials don't know if they were wearing seatbelts.

The driver of the pickup truck, William Orr, 49, was wearing a seatbelt and was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

"It's always tough. You never want to see somebody like that and then when it's a young person it's even worse that their family members come to the scene. You know... it's just a tragic situation," said State Police Sergeant Bob Carpentieri.

The Virginia State Police accident reconstruction team is assisting in the investigation.


Bedford Co., VA - Officials say two teens died in a two-car accident on US 24 Wednesday morning.

State police officials say four teens driving in a Mustang got in an accident with a truck on US 24 at Route 616 in Chamblissburg.

The 16- and 17-year-olds, one girl and a boy, in the front were killed. We have confirmed both were Staunton River High School students.

The 18- and 19-year-olds in the back were injured. One was taken to the hospital by helicopter and the other by ambulance.

US 24 is now closed at Route 616 while crews investigate and clean up the scene.Updates to come.