ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. — Author's Note: The above video is on file from Nov. 22, 2021.
Virginia State Police is investigating a fatal vehicle crash in Isle of Wight County involving a hazmat spill.
Officers said they responded to the 14000 block of Tylers Beach Road where a single-vehicle propane truck overturned around 11:26 a.m. The driver of the truck, 63-year-old Carlton Cherry, had died at the scene.
A spokesperson for VSP said investigators think Cherry lost control of the International 4400 propane truck and it ran off the road. Then, they say he attempted to get back on the road, and ended up overcorrecting.
That's when the truck hit a tree and turned over. Sgt. Michelle Anaya with the VSP said Cherry died on impact. He wasn't wearing his seatbelt, and was the only person in the truck.
After the vehicle overturned, it started to leak propane, which caused a hazmat situation.
Police shut down Tylers Beach Road to traffic as hazmat teams worked to clear the scene.