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20-year-old dies in Henry County crash

Updated: Mar 15, 2022

HENRY COUNTY, VA – A man is dead following a crash on Chatham Road in Henry County Monday afternoon.

Emergency services were dispatched to the crash near the Ward Road intersection at 4:13 p.m.

Virginia State Police Sergeant M.C. Davis told media at the scene a 1996 Nissan Frontier was going westbound on Chatham Road when it ran off the right side of the road.

"It encounters a ditch that had been severely eroded from rain over the years. Very rough ditch and it tries to reaccelerate and steer out of the ditch, and when it gets back to the asphalt that steering motion causes the tires to bite, and it starts to upset the vehicle. It rolls and when it rolled and it landed, it ejected the driver," Davis explained.

Paramedics performed CPR on the driver, but he succumbed to his injuries.

He was identified as 20-year-old Zachary T. Porter of Martinsville.

Porter was not wearing a seatbelt, according to Davis.

The crash investigation is ongoing.

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