It's heartbreaking. Two teens are dead following an accident in Bedford County Wednesday morning along Route 24 West towards Vinton. Two other teens were injured. The teens were students at Staunton River High School.
The high school remembered the victims Wednesday afternoon. A photo on the football team's facebook page paid tribute to Jacob Baird, one of the teens who lost his life in the early morning crash.
17-year-old Jacob Baird was a senior at SRHS and a football player "gone too soon." Katie Thurston was 16 and a junior at the school.
Police said that Jason was driving a Ford Mustang and was turning onto Route 24 from Route 653 when the car was struck by a pickup truck in the Goodview area around 8:30 a.m. One man who helped at the scene said the two teens on the driver's side of the car were killed- Jacob and Katie. Two males on the passenger side of the car, 18-year-old Gradon Graybill and 19-year-old Shawn Hall were taken to the hospital and admitted. We're told their injuries are not life threatening.
That section of Route 24 was closed to traffic most of the morning and re-opened around noon.
Our prayers to the families, friends, and Staunton River High School community.
QWednesday morning's accident follows a fatal crash on Tuesday that involved a car colliding with a Roanoke County school bus. The driver of the car died at the scene. Police identified her as 39-year-old Donna Divers of Wirtz.
A passenger in the car, 42-year-old Christopher Garrett, also of Wirtz, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Speed appears to have been a factor in Tuesday's crash, according to initial reports. The five people on the school bus- the driver, an aide, and three students- are okay. One student suffered minor injuries.