VSP: 1 dead, 2 injured in crash on US-19 in Russell County

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UPDATE (3:15 p.m.) – One person is dead and two others injured following a crash in the Rosedale community of Russell County.

According to Virginia State Police, the crash happened at 9:24 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Route 19 and Route 80.

The VSP release states a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck was traveling north on Route 19 when the driver attempted to turn left onto Route 80. The truck pulled into the path of a 2005 Ford E350 work van, which was traveling south on Route 19.

According to the VSP, the van was unable to avoid the truck and hit it.

“The van had the green light at the intersection; the northbound left turn lane had a red light,” the release states.

The VSP release states that the truck’s driver, Thelma Music, 74, of Lebanon, Va. wasn’t wearing a seatbealt. She was ejected from the vehicle in the crash. She was flow to Bristol Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Her passenger was identified as her husband Ellis Music, 75, of Lebanon, Va. was also flown to BRMC, where he died from his injuries. VSP reports he was also not wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the van was Mark Foster, 58, of Cedar Bluff, Va. According to VSP, he was taken to the Russell County Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. VSP reports he was wearing a seatbelt.

According to VDOT’S 511 map, the road has reopened in that area.


RUSSELL COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) – Virginia State Police are on the scene of a multi-vehicle crash on US-19 in Russell County.

According to VSP, two people injured in the crash were flown to a hospital for treatment.

Two vehicles were involved in the crash near Redbud Highway, according to VSP.

The crash was reported at 9:24 a.m. on Thursday morning. As of 11:30 a.m., the north and southbound lanes are still closed.

VSP reports that reconstruction units are on the scene of the crash due to its serious nature.

You can track updates on the crash and when it is cleared by checking the Virginia 511 Traffic Map.

This is a developing story. Look for updates on WJHL.com.

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