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Driver charged in I-81/I-64 accident that killed one

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A Broadway man has been charged in connection with a Saturday accident at the I-81/I-64 interchange in Staunton that killed one person.

The Virginia State Police said the driver of a tractor-trailer involved in the accident, Ronald W. Wenger, 59, of Broadway, has been charged with reckless driving. He was hospitalized with serious injuries.

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The state police said Wenger was the driver of a 2016 Mack tractor-trailer that was traveling west on I-64 shortly after 6 Saturday morning. As the tractor-trailer was taking the ramp to merge onto I-81, it ran off the right side of the road and went through the guardrail. The trailer landed in the northbound lanes of I-81, where it struck a 2017 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck.

A passenger in the Toyota, Mark I. Fanning, 76, of Buxton, Maine, died at the scene He wore a seatbelt.

The driver of the Toyota, Cynthia L. Fanning, 58, of Buxton, Maine, was taken to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries. She wore a seatbelt.

The state police said the accident is still being investigated.

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