news woodbridge man dies in single vehicle accident on interstate 81 in shenandoah county

Woodbridge man dies in single-vehicle accident on Interstate 81 in Shenandoah County

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Virginia State Police is investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash in Shenandoah County that occurred on Sunday at 3:50 p.m. along Interstate 81 at the 291 exit ramp.

A 2005 Ford F-150 was traveling south on I-81 when it attempted to exit I-81 abruptly. The Ford ran off of the right side of the roadway and collided with an embankment. The Ford was hauling a small utility trailer that overturned.

The driver of the Ford, Louin S. Coates, 65, of Woodbridge, died at the scene of the crash as a result of his injuries. Coates was not wearing a seatbelt.

A passenger in the Ford, a 13-year-old male, suffered minor injuries in the crash and was transported to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital for treatment. The male was wearing a seatbelt.

The crash remains under investigation.


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