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State Police investigators on Monday were at the scene of Sunday's fatal crash. / October 24, 2016
A 46 year old South Boston man, Danny Gene Franklin, died at the scene of an automobile crash Sunday night near the intersection of State Route 96 and US 501 outside of Virgilina.

According to the police report, Virginia State Trooper John Williamson attempted to make a traffic stop on Franklin near the intersection of State Route 658 and 501 in the Cluster Springs community around 10:23 p.m. Franklin refused to stop and a chase ensued, with Franklin running some 100 mph with Williamson and several other law enforcement officers in pursuit.

Franklin lost control of his vehicle as it ran off the left side of the roadway, close to the intersection with State Route 96. Franklin’s vehicle struck a guardrail, a fence and several road signs before rolling over several times.

Franklin was declared dead at the scene.

Two law enforcement vehicles — one belonging to the Virginia State Police and another to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department — sustained damages, although estimates of the toll are not yet available. Also damaged were the guardrail, fence and several highway signs.

Franklin’s vehicle was declared a total loss.

This story will be updated.

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