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Buchanan, VA Tractor Trailer and Car Collision, Jul 1998

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SEVEN PEOPLE KILLED AFTER CAR CROSSES MEDIAN IN RAIN.

A car crossed a highway median strip during heavy rain and smashed into a tractor-trailer Saturday, killing seven people.
The Honda had six people inside; all were killed. The truck driver died as well.
"It basically disintegrated," state police 1st Sgt. Joe Peters said of the two-door Honda.
Shards of metal littering Interstate 81 were all that remained of the car, he said.
The collision happened shortly after 5 p.m. near Buchanan, a few miles outside of Roanoke in southwestern Virginia.
Police said the Honda was trying to pass another vehicle when it began to skid and lose control. The Honda was hit broadside and the truck, which was hauling diesel fuel, overturned.
All of the victims died at the scene.

Galveston Daily News Texas 1998-07-04

Casualties:
KEVIN CHITTUM.
his fiancée WHITNEY ROGERS.
his 13-year-old sister BRIDGET.
his 11-year-old niece SHEENA.
her friends JOSHUA CONNER, 13 and JONATHAN CONNER, 11 (brothers).
JERRY DOUGLAS GREGORY, 59, the driver of the tractor trailer.



article | by Dr. Radut