One killed in crash near Mount Jackson

A single-vehicle Saturday afternoon crash on Interstate 81 killed a man from southwest Virginia and sent the driver to the hospital with “serious injuries,” according to a news release from the Virginia State Police. The crash occurred at mile marker 270, between Shenandoah Caverns and Mount Jackson.

“A 2004 Toyota Sienna was traveling south on I-81 when it ran off the left side of the interstate,” the release stated. “The driver overcorrected, causing the minivan to run off the right side of the I-81, strike an embankment and overturn in the southbound lanes.”

The driver of the minivan was Ruthanne Kemp, 23, of Bland. She was wearing a seat belt. The front seat passenger, Jarrod T. Kemp, 24, also of Bland, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. He died at the scene.

Two young children, a 22-month-old girl and 6-month-old girl were both secured in safety seats and suffered “minor injuries,” the release stated.

State Trooper C.S. Cline is still investigating the crash. Charges are pending. Alcohol was not a factor.

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com.

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