Victims from Deadly Crash on I-64 Identified, Family Speaks

By: Keith Jones
By: Keith Jones

Police say two people were killed in a head-on crash on Interstate 64 Wednesday evening.

The crash occurred shortly before 6 p.m. when a Buick traveling east ran off the left side of the road and crossed the median near mile marker 98.

The Buick crashed head on into a Toyota Corolla going west.

The driver of the Buick, 29-year-old Edward L. Furrow of Waynesboro, and the front-seat passenger in the Corolla, 71-year-old Brij B. Ramgopal of White Bluff, Tennessee, both died at the scene.

The driver of the Corolla, 55-year-old Vijay B. Ramgopal, and a second passenger, 18-year-old Vijayta Ramgopal, from that car were flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center. They both appeared to have life-threatening injuries.

Police say only Vijayta was wearing a seat belt.

There is no word at this time as to the conditions of the two taken to UVA.

All lanes of traffic were closed for a time, but have since reopened. The westbound lanes were closed for almost three hours.

Traffic was backed up at least three miles.

Furrow's parents, Edward Sr. and Linda, say they didn't know too many details about their son's crash and didn't bother to look Thursday morning.

Edward Sr. says his son's death was sudden and completely disrupted life. He says he has been busy speaking with family.

Both parents say their son was very opinionated, but did much good for many people. They also say he had an artistic side with an ability to communicate with anyone, whether it be in church or the community at large.

State Police are currently investigating why the Buick crossed the median.


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