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Nathalie man dies in Wednesday afternoon crash

A 55-year-old Nathalie man was killed in a crash that occurred on Highway 501 (L. P. Bailey Memorial Highway) Wednesday at 2:38 p.m. shortly after snow began to fall in Halifax County.

Raymond R. Pickens, 55, of Nathalie died at the scene of the accident, according to Virginia State Police Public Relations Director Corinne Geller.

Virginia State Police Senior Trooper K. R. Martin responded to the scene of the two-vehicle crash that occurred on Highway 501, less than a mile south of State Route 615. 

According to an accident report, a 2001 Chevrolet SUV was southbound on Highway 501, when it crossed over the centerline and struck a northbound 1993 Ford sedan head-on. 

The driver of the Ford, 60-year-old Kathy S. Ratcliffe of Nathalie was transported to Halifax Regional Hospital and then taken on to Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina for treatment of serious injuries. 

Her husband and passenger, Pickens, died at the scene. 

The driver of the Chevrolet SUV, 21-year-old Kirsten D. Martin of Roanoke, was not injured in the crash.

Charges are pending.

According to Geller, authorities have not determined if weather was factor in the cause of that wreck. 

Highway 501 in both directions was re-opened by 4:15 p.m., Geller said.

Halifax County authorities worked a number of weather-related accidents Wednesday and continue to advise motorists to avoid traveling if at all possible as this storm moves through the state.