23-year-old pregnant woman killed in Petersburg dump truck accident

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — A 23-year-old pregnant woman was killed following a four-vehicle accident involving a dump truck in Petersburg on Tuesday.

The accident occurred shortly before 6 p.m. on County Road at the intersection with Route 460.

According to police, the dump truck driver did not see the light as it was coming west on County Drive and crossed through the intersection, striking one vehicle and pushing it 300 feet. As that vehicle crossed into the eastbound lane, it struck a second vehicle head-on before proceeding across the lane into a swamp area.

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The driver of the vehicle, who has been identified as 23-year-old Jessica Velvin of Emporia, was pronounced dead at the scene. 8News has learned that she has family in Petersburg and was expecting a baby.

Two other people were also hospitalized. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.

The crash, which remains under investigation, resulted in all lanes of Rte. 460 being closed at Wagner Road for hours Tuesday night.

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