Three men standing on a road in a small Virginia town were hit by a car and killed Saturday night, state police said.

Police said they were trying to learn what led the three to be in the middle of the roadway in the central Virginia town of Pamplin.

The three were on Route 460 Business about 10:30 p.m. when they were struck by a car traveling “at an excessive rate of speed,” the state police said.

Police said the men were identified as Kevin A. Burrell, 20, of Richmond; and Arthur C. Wheeler, 40, of Pamplin, and his nephew, Eric J. Wheeler, 22, of Lynchburg.

Pamplin, with a population of about 220, is west of Richmond and east of Lynchburg.

Police said the driver of the car, who was not named, was taken to a hospital for observation. Two passengers were also in the car, police said. One was seriously injured and the other was not hurt, police said.

They said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.