Roanoke Man Killed in Crash on Route 40

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

fatal crash generic 1518307674435.jpg 11640429 ver1.0 1280 720FRANKLIN COUNTY - A Roanoke man is dead and two others injured following a crash on Route 40 Saturday afternoon, state police say.

Anthony Sanzo, 83, was driving a 2002 Toyota Camry west on Route 40 just east of Ayers Road when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road, lost control, and crossed the center line hitting a 2015 Kia Optima. Sanzo was not wearing his seatbelt.

The driver of the Optima, Teresa Ward, 51, of Roanoke and her passenger, Gina Trent, 37, of Lexington were transported by EMS from the crash scene. Both were wearing their seatbelts, state police say,

The crash happened around 4:44 p.m. 

State police continue to investigate.


Tornadoes from One Storm Tracked Over 100 Miles from Greensboro to Danville to Lynchburg into Amherst Co. Sunday

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

amherstcoAMHERST CO. - While Franklin County saw high winds and very heavy rain Sunday afternoon, just to the east, the situation is much more serious. A single supercell storm - a storm that rotates - could be tracked Sunday afternoon from Greensboro north into Rockingham Co., NC. The same storm hit Danville and Blairs in Pittsylvania County before reorganizing just to the north over Timberlake just outside of Lynchburg City in Campbell County. Cars were toppled in Timberlake with significant building damage into Lynchburg. Widespread tornado damage - trees snapped, buildings and homes damaged or destroyed were also reported in Amherst County. Numerous power poles were snapped and power lines are down throughout the area. 

Heavy rainfall of 1-4", locally higher kept flooding concerns alive and hampered rescue and cleanup efforts Sunday night. 

Monday will clear, except for snow flurries and snow showers in the mountains. It will turn colder as temps fall out of the 50s and into the 40s and 30s in the mountains. NW winds could gust over 35 mph at times into Tuesday.

- Meteorologist Jamey Singleton


Rocky Mount Man Killed in House Fire Early Friday Morning

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

UPDATE: Officials and family members say Donald "Duck" Ledbetter, Sr., 70, died in an early morning house fire Friday. Crews were called to the fire around 4:15 a.m. The house had been converted into six studio apartments. Witnesses say Ledbetter initially escaped the fire along with everyone else, but went back inside when he died. The body has been sent to the forensic lab in Roanoke. The investigation into the fire continues. 

BURNT CHIMNEY - Officials confirm to Cable 12 that one person died in the fire. The home on 122 is a total loss, fire officials say. Crews from Burnt Chimney, Rocky Mount and Boones Mill responded to the blaze around 4:30 a.m. Belongings were being gathered from the remains Friday morning. This is a developing story, more details to come.