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FANCY GAP – A 23-year-old Hillsville man was killed last Saturday night in a single-vehicle accident that occurred on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The accident was reported by a passerby about 10:30 p.m. at mile marker 201.
District Ranger Bobby Miller said Tyler Sutphin was driving a Pontiac Grand Am north on the parkway when it ran off the right side of the highway and struck a large pine tree head-on.
Emergency personnel pronounced Sutphin dead at the scene.
The Cana Volunteer Fire Department, Cana Rescue Squad and Carroll County EMS responded to the scene.
Rescue squad personnel used their life-saving devices to free Sutphin’s wife, Shelly Sutphin, who was trapped in the wreckage. Their three-year-old son was also injured in the accident.
Two Aircare helicopters landed near Skyland Lakes Golf Course to transport Shelly Sutphin and her son to Wake Forest University Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., for treatment.
The Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department was called out to set up the landing zone.
Miller said according to a report from the hospital, both patients were admitted and are recovering from their injuries.
The parkway was blocked almost two hours during the accident investigation.
Rangers have not released a cause of the wreck.
Tyler Sutphin’s body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Roanoke for an autopsy. The investigation continues as rangers await the results.