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VSP investigate a fatal accident in Shenandoah County

Virginia State Police (VSP) are investigating a fatal single vehicle accident in Shenandoah County from Sun. afternoon.

According to an email from VSP Public information Officer Brent Coffey the accident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. on Aug. 21.

A Ford F-150 traveling South on Interstate 81 attempted to exit the highway at the mile marker 291 exit ramp abruptly.

The truck ran off the right side of the road colliding with the embankment near Toms Brook.

The truck was hauling a small utility trailer that overturned.

The 65 year old driver of the truck Louin S. Coates of Woodbridge died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained from the impact.

Coates was not wearing his seatbelt.

A 13 year old male passenger of the truck sustained minor injuries and was transported to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The teen passenger was wearing his seatbelt.

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