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Car vs. box truck collision in Bassett results in fatality

BASSETT, VA – A car versus box truck collision resulted in a fatality on Wednesday morning.

It happened shorty after 11 a.m. in the 1300 block of Blackberry Road in Bassett.

According to Virginia State Police, a 2015 Ford Fusion was headed south on Blackberry Road, when it crossed the center line and struck a 2016 Freightliner truck head-on.

State police said the driver of the Ford, 88-year-old Elizabeth Spencer Willard, of Bassett, was wearing her seatbelt and died at the scene.

The Freightliner was driven by 28-year-old William Martin, of Martinsville.

Martin was wearing his seatbelt and did not sustain any injuries, according to police.

The state police crash reconstruction team assisted with the crash investigation.

The collision remains under investigation.

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