A Roanoke man died in a crash that closed a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway on Bent Mountain on Monday, parkway officials announced Thursday.
Ian Mills, 44, was killed in a head-on collision that sent one vehicle over an embankment and left the other on fire in the roadway, according to a parkway news release. The news release did not say which vehicle Mills was in or provide other details of the incident, except to say all other occupants of both vehicles were injured and were taken to a hospital.
Mills is the son of Curtis and Donna Mills, who were also injured in the crash, according to Carilion Clinic, where Curtis Mills is senior vice president of facilities services and property management services.
Both Curtis and Donna Mills are in good condition at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, a spokesman said Thursday.
”We’re focused on supporting Curtis and his wife as they recover from their injuries, and we are grieving with them as they mourn the tragic loss of their son,” the hospital said in a statement Thursday.
The crash, which was reported at about 3 p.m. Monday, occurred near milepost 132, about two miles south of the Roanoke Valley Overlook.
The parkway remained closed Thursday afternoon between mileposts 121 at U.S. 220 and milepost 136 at Adney Gap, and damage to the road is being assessed.
National Park Service spokespeople did not immediately respond to questions about the crash.