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Fatal Interstate 77 wreck occurs in rainstorm

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Couple escapes wreck, but husband killed after returning to car to get cell phone. The vehicle was then struck by two tractor-trailers.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — An early Friday morning downpour contributed to a wreck with a fatality on Interstate 77 at about 12:50 a.m., according to Virginia State Police Trooper C.H. Campbell Jr.
The incident happened near the 12.5 mile marker when a 2009 Mitsubishi Gallant driven by Susan Petty, 55, of Lexington, S.C., hydroplaned in the rainstorm while traveling north, as the driver attempted to pass a commercial vehicle.
Petty lost control and the vehicle, spun into the guardrail and then back out into the lanes of travel near the center line, facing south.


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