Crashes claim two Twin County drivers

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Traveling Southwest Virginia's roads proved deadly for local drivers in two unrelated traffic fatalities on Saturday morning.

Virginia State Police identified the victim in the single-vehicle accident as Jerry Wayne McKinney, 65, of Hillsville.

The wreck occurred at approximately 5:45 a.m. on Virginia 753, about 0.3 mile south of Virginia 767.

The 1998 Buick Century that McKinney was driving drifted off the road to the right, according to a report by Trooper K.D. Blackburn.

The Buick struck a tree with the passenger side front fender, bounced off that and struck another tree on the driver's side door before coming to a stop.

Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $5,000.

Virginia State Police expect an autopsy to be performed in this case to find out if there were any medical issues behind the crash.

The other fatality occurred in Floyd County, when a woman from Fries was killed in an accident Saturday morning on Laurel Branch Road.

According to Virginia State Police, Teresa Lynn Radford, 38, of Fries was driving east on Laurel Branch (Virginia 719) around 7:40 a.m. when her vehicle ran off the right side of the road and hit several trees.

The crash is still under investigation.

State police said Radford was not wearing her seatbelt.