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3 killed, 4 injured in South River Market gas station explosion

Posted at 2:02 PM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-11 18:10:59-04

BUENA VISTA, Va. -- Three people were killed and four others were injured in a gas station explosion in Rockbridge County Friday morning, officials with Virginia State Police said Saturday afternoon.

First responders were called for reports of an explosion at the South River Market & Gas Station at the intersection of Old Buena Vista Road and South River Road at 9:30 a.m.

"The remains have all been transported to the Officer of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination, autopsy and positive identification to be made," troopers said.

However, officials cautioned confirming the victims' identities could take at least "several days."

Additionally, officials said four adults were transported to Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital for treatment.

There has been no word on their conditions.

Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Salem Field Office is conducting an investigation into what caused the explosion, which official said does not appear suspicious at this stage of the investigation.

"The incident remains an active scene and active investigation," troopers said.