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Two die in vehicle accident

Two area residents lost their lives in a vehicle accident that occurred Wednesday, July 31, in Prince Edward County.

The driver, Willie K. Paterson Jr., 61, of Farmville, died at the scene. The passenger, Catrisa L. Paterson, 38, of Pamplin, was transported to Centra Southside Community Hospital in Farmville, where she died later that same night.

The single-vehicle crash, according to Virginia State Police, occurred at 6:37 p.m. on Route 658, east of Route 650.

“A 1999 Ford Explorer was traveling along Route 658 when it first ran off the right side of the road, crossed over the roadway and then ran off the left side of the road,” state police officials cited. “The vehicle overturned several times ejecting both the driver and passenger.”

A 2-year-old male passenger was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of serious injuries, police said. He was not secured in a child safety seat.

A 17-year-old male passenger was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The 17-year-old was wearing a seat belt.

Neither of the deceased were wearing seat belts, according to the report.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.