A Broadway man has died following a fiery crash on Route 460 over the Fourth of July weekend.
Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya said that at approximately 8:41 a.m. Sunday, Troopers responded to a report of a single-vehicle wreck on Route 460 near Cabin Point in Sussex County.
When Troopers arrived, Anaya said, they found a 2011 Peterbuilt truck fully engulfed in flames. The driver, Anaya said, appeared to be trapped in the vehicle when authorities arrived at the scene of the deadly crash.
Anaya said it appeared the truck, which was traveling eastbound on Route 460, ran off the road and collided with a tree. This collision apparently led to the fire and the driver becoming trapped inside the tractor-trailer vehicle.
The single victim found at the scene of the collision was identified by the Virginia State Police as James Abram Clutter, 63, of Broadway, Virginia. Clutter, Anaya said, died at the scene of the wreck and notification has been made to Clutter’s family members.
Preliminary investigation, Anaya said, has only led to the revelation that the vehicle was traveling east when the wreck occurred, and that the Peterbuilt tractor-trailer truck struck a tree. This impact, Anaya said, led to the tractor-trailer truck catching on fire and becoming fully enguled in flames, and the collision also apparently trapped the driver, identified as Clutter.
Anaya said it is still too soon in the investigation to determine if alcohol use or excessive speed may have played a role in the fatal crash.
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