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Man killed, woman seriously injured in Russell County crash

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One man is dead and a woman is seriously hurt following a Saturday morning crash in Russell County.

According to Virginia State Police, a Chevrolet Cavalier was going south on Route 71 just north of Route 645 when it crossed the center line and ran off the left side of the road around 5:30 a.m. The sedan struck an embankment and overturned before hitting a fence. The driver and passenger were both ejected from the vehicle. Neither of them were wearing a seat belt.

Michael A. Webb, 23, of Lebanon, who was a passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, a 23-year-old woman, was flown to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. There is no word on her condition.

Virginia State Police was not called until 1:52 p.m. after a deputy came upon the crash. The driver and passenger were not visible from the highway.

The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.

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