Two Augusta County residents were killed in a head-on crash on U.S. 11 early Monday after one driver swerved into the wrong lane near Blue Ridge Community College, according to the Virginia State Police.
The two drivers — Geraldine K. Sprouse, 65, of Craigsville, and Nicholas R. Broce, 33, of Fort Defiance — died at the scene, police said in a Monday afternoon press release.
Shortly before 8 a.m., Sprouse was southbound on U.S. 11 near College Lane in a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck when she pulled into the center turn lane.
A vehicle ahead of her was stopped in the turn lane and Sprouse swerved to the left to avoid it, witnesses told police.
When Sprouse swerved, the Silverado went into the northbound lane and collided head-on with Broce’s northbound 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier.
Sprouse and Broce were not wearing seat belts, and they were the only occupants of their vehicles, police say.
The drivers were not BRCC students, 1st Sgt. Scott VanLear of the state police said in an interview.
Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, he added, but the incident remains under investigation.
It’s unclear what role, if any, weather played in the incident. It was raining as law enforcement cleared the scene, though it wasn’t confirmed if rain was falling at the time of the crash.
The crash shut down both lanes of U.S. 11 for more than two hours.
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