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South Hill firefighters assist with the recovery of the submerged vehicle off Interstate 85 near the North Carolina state line. (Photo courtesy of Ken Currin) / December 27, 2017
A single car crash Saturday morning on Interstate 85 near the North Carolina border claimed the life of a Henrico County, N.C. man.

George Maida was traveling southbound on I-85 near mile marker 1.5 around 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23 when his 1997 Honda Civic ran off the left side of the interstate and went into the median. The vehicle then struck an embankment and ended up coming to rest upside down submerged in water, according to Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller.

The Virginia State Police Search and Recovery Team divers responded to the scene to assist with the recovery of the driver and vehicle, as the creek — a Lake Gaston tributary — where the vehicle landed was approximately eight feet deep. The vehicle was completely submerged.

The 62-year-old Maida died at the scene.

Geller did not say if speed or road conditions were a factor in the wreck, only that the crash remains under investigation by Trooper R.P. Martin.

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