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VSP probes fatal dump truck crash

November 11th, 2013 11:09 am by Stephen Igo

VSP probes fatal dump truck crash

GRUNDY — The Virginia State Police is investigating a Saturday fatal crash of a dump truck in Buchanan County. 

VSP Trooper C.J. Burkes responded to the 9 a.m. crash on State Route 615, approximately 1.6 miles west of State Route 460 Business. 

A 2002 Kenworth T800 dump truck pulled out of a dump site and turned east on Rt. 615. The VSP reported the bed was still raised as the truck headed down Rt. 615 when it struck utility wires and ran off the road striking a guardrail. The bed came off the truck, which then struck some trees and overturned. 

The driver, Dustin J. Ratliff, 28, Oakwood, died at the scene. Ratliff was not wearing a seat belt.

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