A 78-year-old Eastern Shore man died Tuesday morning after an accident in which he struck a tractor-trailer, then continued driving off the road and hit a Caterpillar grader, according to state police.
George Roberts Stevens Sr., of Belle Haven, was driving a 2002 Ford Ranger pickup truck on Route 13 in Accomack County, just north of Nelsonia, when the accident occurred at 7:27 a.m., said Sgt. Michelle Cotten of the Virginia State Police.
She said the Stevens ran into the back of the tractor-trailer, causing his airbag to deploy and filling the pickup truck's cabin with smoke. Stevens then drove around the tractor-trailer, went off the road for about 500 feet and slammed into a Caterpillar grader, according to police.
Cotten said investigators believe the impact with the Caterpillar caused Stevens' death. George Wharton, a passenger in the pickup truck, was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.