Callaway man killed in head-on crash in Franklin County

One person is dead after a head-on crash in Franklin County. 

It happened on Friday, August 11 at 7:28 a.m.. on Route 40.  

A Toyota Tacoma was going west on Route 40 near Colonial Turnpike when it crossed the center line and hit a Ford F-250.  

The Toyota was driven by John Bates from Callaway.  He was wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene.  

The Ford was driven by Ronald Clock from Rocky Mount.  He was wearing a seatbelt and was airlifted to the hospital for his injuries.  A passenger in the Ford wasn't wearing a seatbelt and was also seriously hurt. 

Here is the press release: 

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – Virginia State Police Trooper W. G. Rorrer is investigating a motor vehicle crash which resulted in a fatality. The crash occurred on August 11, 2017 at 7:28 a.m. on Route 40 in Franklin County.

A 1991 Toyota Tacoma was traveling west on Route 40, three quarters of a mile west of Colonial Turnpike, when the vehicle crossed the center line and struck a 1997 Ford F-250.

The 1991 Toyota was driven by John R. Bates, Jr, 40, of Callaway, Va. Mr. Bates was wearing his seatbelt and died at the scene.

The 1997 Ford was driven by Ronald E. Clock, 53, of Rocky Mount, Va. Mr. Clock was wearing his seatbelt and was airlifted to RMH for injuries received in the crash. The passenger was not wearing his seatbelt and was also seriously injured.

The State Police Crash Reconstruction Team was called to assist.

The crash remains under investigation. 


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