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Single-vehicle crash leaves driver dead, causes hazmat spill in Isle of Wight Co.

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Posted at 1:16 PM, Dec 03, 2021

ISLE OF WIGHT Co., Va. - The Virginia State Police is investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash that also caused a hazmat spill Friday morning.

According to police, the incident happened at around 11:26 a.m. in the 14000 block of Tylers Beach Road. A propane truck overturned, killing the driver and spilling its contents across the road.

A preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 International 4400 truck (Southern States Propane) was traveling on Tylers Beach Road when the driver, identified as 63-year-old Carlton B. Cherry, lost control of the vehicle, ran off the road, overcorrected the vehicle and hit a tree before overturning.

As a result of the crash, the vehicle began to leak propane gas, causing a hazmat spill in the area.

State Police say Cherry was the only person in the vehicle and died upon impact. Authorities say he was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, VSP says.

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