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Victims identified in fatal I-66 crash

- — Justin Jouvenal

Authoritie­s have identified the victims of a fatal multivehic­le crash Thursday on Interstate 66 as a Maine mother and two of her young children.

Lacquora Smith, 28; Kennedy Smith, 4; and Kyson Smith, 6, were pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck just before the Capital Beltway interchang­e in Fairfax County, the Virginia State Police said. All three were from Alfred, Maine.

A 7-year-old and a 2-year-old riding in the same Honda Crosstour were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatenin­g, state police said. Authoritie­s did not identify those victims.

The state police said they are still investigat­ing the cause of the crash, which occurred shortly after 3 a.m. Thursday when the Honda lost control as it traveled eastbound on I-66 near the 64mile marker.

The Honda struck a Toyota SUV and continued off the roadway, before rebounding off a guardrail and striking the Toyota a second time, the state police said. The Honda continued off the left side of the roadway and struck a second guardrail, which caused the vehicle to spin back onto the roadway.

A tractor-trailer swerved to avoid the Honda but ended up striking it, police said. The driver of the Toyota suffered injuries that were not life-threatenin­g, and the driver of the tractortra­iler was not injured.

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