breaking news (Virginia State Police5)

TAZEWELL, Va. — A Tazewell County man was killed in a car crash early Saturday morning on Gratton Road.

Virginia State Police said Michael S. Melvin, 44, of Tazewell, died at the scene.

The state police reported that Melvin’s vehicle, a 2011 Suzuki Equator pickup, ran off the right side of the road on Route 61 (Gratton Road) and struck an embankment.

The crash occurred at 1:05 a.m. on Nov. 14 about 1.5 miles east of the Route 61 and Route 19 business intersection.

Melvin was not wearing a seatbelt, the Virginia State Police said.

The crash remains under investigation.

Contact Charles Boothe at cboothe@bdtonline.com.

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