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Franklin County wreck claims life of former Halifax resident

A former Halifax County resident died Friday night following a single vehicle accident in Franklin County. Gary Wayne Beard, 50, lost control of his vehicle, ran off the side of the road and struck a tree near the intersection of Webster Road and Brooks Mill Road, according to investigating State Trooper S. A. Richardson.

Beard, who was wearing a seatbelt, died later at the hospital, according to Richardson.

The investigating officer said it had been reported earlier in the day that Beard had suffered symptoms related to a heart attack “which may or may not have contributed to the accident,” he said.

A juvenile passenger in the wreck suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital and later released, Richardson said.