An unidentified 35-year-old Boston man escaped serious injury in a tragic accident that shut down Route 28 in Fauquier County for several hours on Wednesday afternoon.
Alcohol is being considered a factor in the crash.
The three-vehicle fatal crash occurred at 2:38 p.m. on Route 28 (Catlett Road) at 2 tenths of a mile south of Route 616 (Casanova Road).
According to the Virginia State Police, a 2007 Saturn Vue was traveling south on Rte. 28 when it crossed a double solid yellow centerline and collided head-on with a northbound 2016 Toyota Rav-4. The impact caused the Saturn to collide with a southbound 2015 Ford F-150. Both the Toyota and Ford ran off the northbound side of the roadway and collided with a fence.
The driver of the Saturn, Andrew W. Garland, 61, of Charlottesville, died at the scene of the crash as a result of his injuries. Garland was wearing a seatbelt.
A passenger in the Saturn, Leroy F. Smith, 52, of Palmyra, also died at the scene of the crash as a result of his injuries. Smith was not wearing a seatbelt.
The driver of the Toyota, a 31-year-old unidentified woman from Remington, suffered serious injuries in the crash and was flown to INOVA Hospital in Fairfax. She was wearing a seatbelt. Her passenger in the Toyota, a 2-year-old girl, was uninjured in the crash. She was in a proper child restraint.
The driver of the Ford truck was the man from Boston, who suffered minor injuries in the crash and was transported to Fauquier Hospital. He was wearing a seatbelt.
The State Police Culpeper Division Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and is assisting with the ongoing crash investigation. Virginia State Police Senior Trooper D. Garasimowicz was assisted by the Fauquier Sheriff's Office, Fauquier County Fire and EMS, and VDOT.