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Ashland man died after skidding off Henrico interstate, into tree

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Posted at 11:59 AM, Jan 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-14 15:44:06-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A fatal accident on Interstate 295, about a half mile south of the Interstate 95 interchange in Henrico, is under investigation by police — though they believe winter weather was a factor.

At 10:11 a.m., a motorist traveling along I-295 spotted a vehicle in the woods off the right side of the interstate and called state police.

A 2004 Ford Ranger traveling south ran off the road to the right, overturned on the driver’s side and struck a tree, said Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Vick.

The driver of the Ford, Charles T. Vangoor, Jr., 68, of Ashland, died at the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt.

The vehicle was spotted around 10 a.m. Wednesday, but further investigation revealed the crash occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m., but the vehicle was obscured in the trees and was not noticed until later.

A photo taken near the crash scene showed traffic on Interstate 95 backed up near Virginia Center Commons shopping center, as police investigated.

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This is a developing story.