HENRY CO., Va. -

Virginia State Police believe an ice patch caused a deadly accident Wednesday morning in Henry County.

Michael Hopkins of Bassett died in the accident. He was 60.

The accident happened around 11 a.m. on Route 687, two-tenths of a mile west of Route 793. Investigators believe Hopkins’ 1999 Ford Explorer was headed east on Route 687 when it hit an ice patch. His car then went off the left side of the road and down an embankment, before hitting a tree.

Hopkins was wearing a seat belt. He was pronounced dead at the scene.