One person dead, four injured, and several missing in Virginia gas station explosion

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ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, Va (WFXR) – UPDATE 6:16 P.M.: State Police have confirmed one person has been found dead and several others are still unaccounted for after a gas station explosion in Rockbridge County.

Crews are still searching for three to five individuals.

This is still an active investigation.

ORIGINIAL STORY: Virginia State Police says four people were transported to the hospital for injuries after a gas station exploded in Rockbridge County. 

Crews are now working to locate anyone who may have been at the South River Market at the time of the explosion. 

Authorities were called to the area around 10 a.m. on Friday. The cause of the explosion remains under investigation, but authorities say it does not appear to be suspicious in nature. 

Old Buena Vista Road is closed at the intersection of S. River Road. Drivers are asked to find alternate routes.

According to the Rockbridge County School Board, Mountain View Elementary School students in grades 3-5 have been evacuated, and are being transported to Rockbridge County High School to be picked up by parents.

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