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Men killed in Mountain Road wreck were towing SUV, deputies say

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Posted at 3:55 PM, Apr 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-18 11:46:02-04

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. -- Two men were killed in a wreck on Mountain Road Friday evening after something went wrong when they were towing an SUV behind a pickup truck, authorities said.

Deputies were called to the intersection of Mountain Road (Route 33) and Rosmarin Road for a crash at 7:20 p.m., according to Lt. James R. Cooper with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

"The preliminary investigation revealed that a Dodge pick-up truck was traveling eastbound on Mountain Road towing a Chevy Trailblazer with a drawbar attachment," Cooper wrote. "As the Dodge pick-up approached Rosmarin Road, it appears the Trailblazer became unstable forcing both vehicles off the roadway."

The pickup then crashed head-on into a tree, Cooper said.

The driver and passenger of the pickup, 25-year-old Chauncey Eugene Walker Jr. of Richmond and 52-year-old Robert William Bailey of Culpeper, died at the scene.

Cooper said the SUV also crashed into a tree.

No other vehicles were involved in the wreck.

"Investigators are still collecting information," Cooper wrote.

The sheriff’s office offered their condolences to the families of Walker Jr. and Bailey.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.

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