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Three killed in Stafford car crash

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Three people were killed in a head-on collision Sunday evening in Stafford County, police said.

Sheriff’s Maj. Shawn Kimmitz said the accident took place at 7:39 p.m. on Austin Ridge Drive near Shields Road. A 1995 Lexus SC300 driven by a 33-year-old Woodbridge man was heading south when the driver lost control and veered into oncoming traffic.

The Lexus struck a 2019 Hyundai Elantra driven by a 27-year-old Fredericksburg woman. Both drivers died at the scene, along with a 35-year-old Stafford woman who was a passenger in the Lexus.

The names of the three victims were not released Monday. Deputy R.A. Weatherholtz is heading the ongoing investigation, said Kimmitz, who added that speed was a factor in the crash. The road was closed for hours as police and rescue workers tended to the victims and began investigating the collision.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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