National Park Service Rangers are leading an investigation into what led the driver of this blue Suzuki SX4 to go off a cliff.
Just before noon Thursday, maintenance workers at the Horse Head Overlook along Skyline Drive noticed something out of the ordinary.
"They noticed some debris, looked and found some vegetation had been pushed down," said Karen Beck-Herzog with the National Park Service.
Next, the unthinkable.
A vehicle spotted some 500 feet down a cliff.
The body of a 53-year old woman from Farmville was found dead inside.
She was the only one in the vehicle.
Waynesboro Fire and Rescue was called to the scene.
Investigators are still piecing together exactly when it happened and what led to the crash.
Officials believe the crash may have occurred recently because of a tire mark that was found in the grass.
National Park Service Rangers believe the vehicle was traveling northbound on Skyline Drive, and at mile post 88, that's when they say the vehicle veered off the roadway and down a hill.
This isn't the first time a vehicle has lost control on the 35 mile per hour road.
"We have had accidents where people have gone over, you know, off of skyline drive and a little bit over the edge. It does not happen very frequently," said Beck-Herzog.
It is unclear how many vehicles have gone over embankments.
Rangers say they are in the early stages of the investigation and will release more information as it becomes available.
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