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Two die in Monday crash; passengers seriously hurt / December 13, 2017
A head-on car crash Monday near Chase City left two drivers dead and two passengers caught in the collision struggling with life-threatening injuries.

First Sgt. Sid Leslie with the Virginia State Police said the crash happened around 5 p.m. Monday, on Highway 47 near the intersection of Spanish Grove Road.

Julia McInturf of Chase City was driving southbound on Highway 47 when the 2010 Buick Enclave she was operating crossed over the center line and collided head-on with a 1997 Ford F250 pickup being driven by Steve Parks, also of Chase City. McInturf and Parks both died at the scene.

State Police confirmed that McInturf’s husband, Don, and daughter Leslie were both passengers in the Buick. They were transported to VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill with life-threatening injuries.

Mrs. McInturf, 64, was a teacher and former athletic director at Park View High School. Mr. McInturf is a teacher and coach at Bluestone High School.

Like Mrs. McInturf, Mr. Parks also was 64 years old, according to State Police. He was an independent building contractor who was well-known in the community as a master craftsman for his woodworking and cabinet making skills.

Trooper Montanye, who is investigating the crash, said road conditions were not a factor but it is still to be determined if speed played a role. He noted that all four individuals involved in the crash were wearing seat belts when the vehicles collided.

State Troopers closed both Spanish Grove Road and Highway 47 near the scene of the crash for nearly two hours Monday, and brought in officials with Virginia Department of Transportation to assist with road closures and detours.

As news spread of the deaths, members of the Park View and Bluestone school communities expressed dismay and shock at the passing of Mrs. McInturf, a popular history teacher and coach at the school, and concern for Mr. McInturf, a veteran teacher at Bluestone and also a well-known coach. “You were one of the few GREAT educators I had at Park View that challenged every student in your class,” wrote a former student, Justin Brugos, on social media. “You were a joy to be around and loved by all that knew you.”

Funeral information for both crash victims was pending Tuesday.

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