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Police trying to ID vehicle that caused Orange County crash, injured 6

Virginia State Police officers are asking for the public’s assistance to identify a vehicle involved in a wreck that hospitalized six people in Orange County Monday.

The two-vehicle collision occurred around 5:50 a.m. on Constitution Highway near Rhoades Road between Locust Grove and Rhoadesville, police said in a statement issued later in the day.

Police said the unidentified vehicle was headed west on Constitution Highway when it attempted to pass another vehicle that had stopped to make a left turn.

As the unidentified vehicle attempted to pass in the eastbound lane, it encountered a Ford Ranger headed in its direction, according to police. The Ford Ranger ran off the side of the road in order to avoid being struck, overcorrected, crossed the centerline and collided with a Ram utility van that was headed west on the highway, police said.

The 23-year-old Orange County man behind the wheel of the Ford Ranger was not wearing a seatbelt at the time and was ejected from his vehicle, sustaining life-threatening injuries in the process. He was taken from the scene of the crash to University of Virginia Medical Center for treatment.

His 20-year-old passenger survived with minor injuries and was taken to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg for treatment. She, too, was not wearing a seatbelt.

The 41-year-old Fredericksburg man behind the wheel of the Ram utility van and his three adult passengers also escaped with only minor injuries and were all taken to Mary Washington for treatment. All four were wearing their seatbelts.

Virginia State Police ask anyone with any information regarding the collision or the unidentified vehicle to contact its tip line at (833) 889-2300.


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