30-year-old woman killed in wrong way, head-on crash in Albemarle County


ALBEMARLE Co., VA (WSET) -- Two people are dead, including a 30-year-old Troutville woman, after a wrong way, head-on crash in Albemarle County.

State Police say the crash happened just after 6 a.m. Sunday after a report of a vehicle driving recklessly on Interstate 64.

Police say they were notified of a green pickup truck driving recklessly in the westbound lanes of I-64. Several minutes later, police say a second report was called in about a green pickup truck in the Emergency Vehicle Crossover in the I-64 median.

As police were responding, the pickup truck drove through the crossover and began driving the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of I-64, according to a police report.

At 6:09 a.m., state police say they were notified of a head-on collision in the eastbound lanes of I-64 at the 114-mile marker in Albemarle County.

Police say a green Isuzu pickup truck was traveling west in the eastbound lane when it struck head-on an eastbound Hyundai sedan. The impact of that crash caused the vehicles to strike an eastbound Ford F-150 utility pickup truck, according to police.

The driver of the sedan, Bethany M. Franklin, 30, of Troutville, died at the scene. She was wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the pickup truck, Winston J. Smith II, 32, of Staunton, died at the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt.

The adult male driver of the F150 pickup was transported to UVA Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Bedford County Fire Marshal Jeff Pauley says Bethany started working for the Bedford County Department of Fire and Rescue in July of 2009 as a full-time firefighter and paramedic. Bethany started serving as a part-time employee when she went back to school a few years ago and was recently working at UVa., Pauley says.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and co-workers of Bethany Franklin. Bethany was a Firefighter and Paramedic who ran on Medic 14-13 in Bedford County up until last year. She will be greatly missed by many," the Moneta Volunteer Rescue Squada said in a Facebook post.

The crash remains under investigation at this time.

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