1 killed, 4 hospitalized in Virginia gas station explosion, State Police say

Posted at 3:27 PM, May 10, 2019

BUENA VISTA, Va. (WTVR) -- State Police confirmed to CBS 6 in Richmond they have found the remains of one person and at least three people remain unaccounted for following an explosion at a Virginia gas station.

Family members of those who are missing have gathered near the South River Market in Buena Vista, awaiting updates from emergency officials.

"At approximately 9:50 a.m. this morning, Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office and Rockbridge County Fire and Rescue was called to the scene of an explosion," a Virginia State Police spokesperson said. "At this stage police and fire crews are working to account for all the individuals that may have been located in the building at the time of the explosion. Four adults have been transported to Carilion Stone Wall Jackson Hospital and are being treated for injuries."

State Police Sgt. Richard Garletts said three to five people remain unaccounted for, which includes family members of employees and a possible patron.

The South River Market is located on Old Buena Vista Road near South River Road in Rockbridge County.

State Police are investigating what caused the explosion, but said that it does not appear to be suspicious.

This is a developing story.