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Smyth County vehicle crash claims the life of 13-year-old boy
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Smyth County vehicle crash claims the life of 13-year-old boy

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Wreck location

According to the Virginia State Police, the wreck happened on Rt. 16 about a mile and a half south of Rt. 676.

A 13-year-old boy died at the scene of a car crash on Rt. 16 in Smyth County Thursday. Three other individuals were injured in the two-vehicle collision.

According to a Virginia State Police news release, the crash happened yesterday afternoon about 2:43 p.m. about a mile and a half south of Rt. 676.

According to the VSP, a 1999 Lexus 400 sedan was traveling north on Rt. 16 when it ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected, crossed the center line and into the southbound lane, where it struck an oncoming 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe.

The impact of the crash caused the Lexus to separate. The rear of the vehicle came to rest in the creek and the front of the vehicle in the southbound lane.

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A passenger in the Lexus, a 13-year-old boy from Ennice, N.C., died at the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the Lexus, Ricky Bryant, 61, of Ennice, N.C., was flown to Bristol Regional Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

A 14-year-old male passenger in the Lexus was transported to Abingdon Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries.

The driver of the Tahoe, Randy Reedy, 54, of Troutville, was transported to Smyth County Community Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The VSP release said Bryant was charged with reckless driving.

The crash remains under investigation.

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