UPDATE: Deceased driver of tractor-trailer hauling pumpkins identified as Florida woman


SMYTH COUNTY, Va. (WJHL)- UPDATE – The Virginia State of Police have identified the driver of the tractor-trailer who died in Smyth County last week while hauling pumpkins.

According to a release from VSP, the driver, Gretchen Valladares, 27, of Miami, Florida was flown to Bristol Regional Medical Center after the crash on Wednesday.

She succumbed to her injuries later that night.

Valladares had been wearing her seat belt.

The crash occurred around 6:10 p.m. on Route 600 at the intersection of Route 604.

The tractor-trailer was travelling north when it ran off the right side of the road and overturned multiple times then struck an embankment.

The crash remains under investigation.


Virginia State Police officials are investigating a crash that killed a tractor-trailer driver on Wednesday.

VSP officials said that crash happened in Smyth County at Whitetop Road and Ramplewood Road after a tractor-trailer ran off the road, and down into an embankment.

That tractor-trailer was carrying a load of pumpkins.

The driver, who has not yet been identified by authorities, was flowing to the Bristol Regional Medical center where that driver died Wednesday evening.

VSP is continuing to investigate the crash.

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