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UPDATE: Virginia State Police Senior Trooper D.F. Rutherford is investigating a two-vehicle crash in Scott County. The crash occurred July 30, 2020, at 1:50 p.m. on Route 23, less than a mile north of Route 871. 

A tractor-trailer was traveling south on Route 23 when it ran off the right side of the highway and struck the mountainside and partially jackknifed. A southbound 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche struck the rear of the truck.
 
The driver of the tractor-trailer, Erik W. Schultz, 32, of Maryville, Tenn., was not injured in the crash. He was wearing a seatbelt. 
 
The driver of the Chevrolet, Patricia L. Jones, 62, of Duffield, Va., died at the scene. An 11-year-old male passenger was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. Both were wearing seatbelts. 
 
Schultz was charged with reckless driving.
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Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Thursday afternoon in Scott County.

At 12:50 p.m., VSP officers responded to a crash involving a tractor-trailer and a pickup truck in the northbound lanes of Route 23 near the 17 mile marker.

The VSP confirmed that there was one fatality. The state police released no additional information Thursday afternoon on the crash, which remains under investigation.