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No charges in fatal Rt. 11 construction mishap, investigation continues

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Published: Jul. 12, 2016 at 3:42 PM EDT
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UPDATE (7/18/2016)

Virginia State Police told WHSV that the driver of the truck, a 60-year-old Staunton man, has not been charged.

The incident is still under investigation.

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UPDATE (11 p.m. 7/12/2016)

State police told Matthew Fultz the driver of the dump truck involved in the crash was taken to the hospital for observation.

Police say he was very distraught after the accident that killed two construction workers Tuesday afternoon. According to State Police, one man, Felimon V. Aizpuro II, 38, of Staunton, and one woman, Debbie S. Huffman, 50, of Port Republic, died at the intersection of routes 11 and 340, north of Greenville in Augusta County.

The accident happened around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, after a worker driving a B&S contracting truck was backing up. That's when police say he ran over Aizpuro and Huffman, who were workers directing him. Huffman instantly, and Aizpuro died shortly after ambulances arrived on-scene.

Sgt. Kenneth Hyden told Matthew Fultz it's a terrible situation for everyone involved.

"It's a major tragedy, all these people are friends and family," said Hyden. "They all know one another, they work together. They were very emotionally, everyone was upset and crying, some people could hardly give a statement they were so upset."

B&S contracting is a paving company serving the Valley.

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UPDATE (10 p.m. 7/12/2016)

The Virginia State Police report that Felimon V. Aizpuro II, 38, of Staunton, and Debbie S. Huffman, 50, of Port Republic, died in the collision. VSP says they were part of a highway maintenance crew.

The truck driver has not been charged. The investigation is ongoing.

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UPDATE (7:11 p.m. 7/12/2016)

VDOT says the accident scene has been cleared.

However, northbound traffic is being detoured onto US-340 north, and southbound traffic is being detoured onto I-81 south.

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UPDATE (6:14 p.m. 7/12/2016)

State police confirm that two people are dead after a dump truck collision on Lee-Jackson Hwy north of Greenville.

WHSV has a reporter on-scene, who will provide more details as they come in.

TRAFFIC UPDATE

Northbound traffic on Route 11 is being directed to Route 340. Route 11 southbound traffic is being sent to I-81 southbound. Exit 205 at Route 606 in Raphine can be used to turn around.

I-81 southbound traffic at exit 213 will not be able to use ramp A which takes traffic to Route 11 southbound.

I-81 northbound traffic at exit 213 will have the exit ramp closed. The next exit is 217 at Route 654 in the Mint Spring area.

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Motorists can expect delays due to a vehicle accident in the vicinity of Lee-Jackson Hwy, Pilot Truck Dr, and US-340, just by exit 213 of I-81. The north left lane and right lane of Rt. 11 are closed, as well as the south left lane and right lane.

Northbound traffic is being detoured onto US-340 North. Southbound traffic is being detoured onto I-81 South.

The north exit ramp at exit 213 of I-81 is also closed.

Virginia State Police are on scene at what appears to be a construction site, where first responders are working to remove someone from underneath a dump truck.

WHSV has a reporter on the way to the scene, who will provide updates as soon as we know more.