Two die after crash on Stanley road

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STANLEY, Va. (WHSV) - Two people from Stanley are dead after a multi-vehicle crash on West Main Street in Stanley, according to state police.

The crash happened at about 7:35 a.m. on Wednesday near the intersection of U.S. Route 340 Business and Zion Hill Lane.

Wayne Freeze, 81, was driving eastbound in a 2012 Hyundai Accent approaching a 1998 Jeep Cherokee and when he couldn't see because of sun glare, he swerved into the other lane, according to state police. That's when he hit Rachel Utz, 62, head-on as she drove a 1996 Ford Escort. Freeze then hit the Jeep.

Both Freeze and Utz died, while the driver of the Jeep, 21-year-old Michael Fox, of Stanley, was not injured.

Police say that speed and sun glare are to blame. They also said that neither Freeze nor Utz was wearing a seat belt.

The road was closed in both directions.In both directions for three hours. During that time, traffic was being detoured at the Leaksville Road and Route 340 intersection when heading into Stanley from Luray. That location is about two miles before the crash.

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