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Update on the accident that closed Rt. 340 for 7 hours

An email from Virginia State Police (VSP) confirms the death of two people in the accident that closed Route 340.

The accident closed Route 340 between Double Toll Gate and Waterloo for almost 7 hours Mon. June 20.

VSP confirms that Shea E. Hawkins of Winchester and Lewis E. Thompson of Grottoes were killed in the accident that remains under investigation.

The 31 year old Hawkins was driving out of a private drive in the 15300 block of Route 340 when her brakes appear to have failed.

Hawkins’ 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee collided with a 2001 Mack Truck driven by the 66 year old Thompson.

The impact caused both vehicles to run off the road and overturn.

Thompson’s truck which was hauling cement caught fire after the incident.

Both victims died at the scene as a result of their injuries both were wearing their seatbelts.

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