Police identify victims of yesterday's high-speed crash on I-81 in Salem

Virginia State Police has identified two people killed in a crash on I-81 south in Roanoke County yesterday.  The crash occurred at 11:15 a.m. at mile marker 139.9. 

Police say a car was traveling on the interstate at a high rate of speed in the left lane when it ran off the side of the road and hit the guardrail.

According to state police, the driver lost control and then hit an SUV that was also traveling along I-81 South.

Officials say both vehicles ran off the right side of the road, hit the guardrail, came back onto the road, and the SUV overturned.

They say the car ran off the road again, hit an embankment, overturned several times, and stopped in some trees.

Police say 65-year-old Ralph Bryant was driving the car involved in the crash.

They say he and the passenger, 65-year-old Joan D. Bryant, both of Mississippi, were taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for injuries they get on the crash.

According to state police, 65-year-old Enid Beckwith, of Memphis, TN, was driving the SUV.

They say Beckwith and the front seat passenger, 63-year-old Annie Beckwith, of Florence, AL, were both wearing their seat belts and were taken to the hospital with injuries.

State Police say two people who were in the back of the SUV, Emma Beckwith, 61, and Wanda Alexander, 58, both of Florence, AL, were ejected and died at the scene.

More information on the story HERE from ABC-13 WSET.

Photos:  Virginia State Police


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