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BUCKINGHAM, Va. — Two people died Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash occurred at approximately 9:45 a.m., Monday, May 15 on Route 15 near Willis Mountain Plant Lane in Dillwyn.

A 2005 Pontiac Grand Am was traveling south on Route 15 when it crossed the centerline and struck head-on a northbound dump truck, according to Virginia State Police.

“Despite the dump truck driver’s attempts to avoid the oncoming Pontiac, the two vehicles collided and the dump truck ran off the left side of the highway, went through a guardrail, overturned and struck a tree,” police said in a release.

The driver of the Pontiac, Deborah A. Stearnes, 49, of Dillywn, Va., died at the scene. She was not wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the dump truck, Thomas C. Mason Jr., 61, of Disputanta, Va., died at the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Trooper C.L. Foster will lead the investigation.