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An early morning crash on Interstate 81 in Rural Retreat claimed the life of a Marion woman and sent man to the hospital.

The crash happened just before 4 a.m. Wednesday, according to a release from the Virginia State Police, when a vehicle traveling south on I-81 ran off the road near mile marker 63 and came to a stop on Radio Drive which runs parallel to the interstate.

The driver, 33- year-old Borve Carlyle Fisher of Marion, was transported to Wythe County Community Hospital for treatment. The passenger, 39-year-old Jessica G. Roberts, died at the scene.

Neither were wearing a seat belt, the release noted.

The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.

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