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Crash claim’s Tazewell man’s life

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

Tazewell County — A 44-year-old Tazewell man died Saturday in an early morning single-vehicle crash on Route 61 (Gratton Road).

According to Virginia State Police, Michael S. Melvin was operating a 2011 Suzuki Equator pickup truck when it ran off the right side of Gratton Road, striking an embankment. Melvin, who police say was not wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene of the 1:05 a.m. wreck, east of Route 19 Business.

The investigation is continuing.

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