Virginia State Police investigation fatal Smyth Co. crash

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Virginia State Police Trooper K.S. Chapman is investigating a fatal crash in Smyth County. The crash occurred Sept. 1, 2018, at 9:27 a.m. on Interstate 81 at the 57 mile marker. 

A 2002 Honda Goldwing motorcycle was traveling north on I-81 when it ran off the right side of the highway and struck the guardrail. Its operator, Ronald T. Putman, 76, of Taneytown, Md., was transported to Smyth County Hospital where he died later that morning. 

Putman was wearing a helmet. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation. 

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