A fatal accident today a few miles southeast of Bedford took the life of the driver. State Police say a medical transport van ran off Skinnell Mill Road this morning and struck a tree. State police say the driver, 32-year-old Lanessa Brown of Charlottesville, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 66-year-0ld passenger was taken to Roanoke for hospital treatment.

From State Police: BEDFORD CO, Va. – Virginia State Police Trooper N. J. Houck is investigating a single vehicle crash which resulted in a fatality.  The crash occurred this morning at 6:22 a.m. (Jan 25) on Route 723, one half mile east of Route 43 in Bedford County. A 2011 Dodge Caravan was traveling east on Route 723, when it crossed the center line and ran off the left side of the roadway striking several trees. The driver of the Dodge was identified as Lanessa Marie Brown, 32, of Charlottesville, Va.  Ms. Brown was wearing her seatbelt and died at the scene. The vehicle was serving as a medical transport and had one passenger.  The 66 year old female passenger was injured in the crash and was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment. The Virginia State Police Crash Team assisted with the crash.