VSP: 2 people, horse dead after crash in Lebanon, Va.


LEBANON, Va. (WJHL) – Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal crash that left two people and a horse dead in Russell County.

According to a crash report from Virginia State Police, the crash occurred at the intersection of Route 19 and Regional Park Road around 12:49 p.m on Oct. 18.

VSP reports that a 2018 Chevrolet Cruze was driving south on Route 19 when it tried to turn left onto Regional Park Road and hit a northbound 2021 Ford F250. After the initial impact, VSP reports the Ford ran off the right side of the road and hit a traffic pole.

VSP said the driver of the Ford, Joseph Smith, 33, died at the scene. Smith’s passenger, Timothy Meadows, 55, was transported from the scene to Johnson City Medical Center where he later died from his wounds.

Smith was towing a horse trailer at the time of the crash, and the horse inside died as well.

The driver and passenger of the Chevrolet were airlifted from the scene to Johnson City Medical Center, according to the report.

VSP says the crash remains under investigation. The Lebanon Police Department is assisting the state police.

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