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Crash ties up U.S. 58 west of South Boston

South Boston News / November 12, 2012
A Texas truck driver escaped serious injury on Monday afternoon after his 2009 Kenworth tractor trailer, owned by USA Trucking, Inc. of Van Buran, Az., veered off the right side of the road nearby the county industrial park on U.S. 58 west of town.

The rig, carrying cans and bottles of beer, struck a guard rail and then overturned, going down an embankment and coming to rest on its top. The side of the trailer split open, allowing the cargo inside to spill out.

Investigating Virginia State Trooper P.W. Leath charged 41 year old Kamphi M. Claiborne of Marshall, Texas with reckless driving, failure to maintain proper control. Claiborne, who was able to climb from the truck’s cab, was transported to the hospital emergency room for examination but was treated and released.

Leath said the driver had recently left a brewery in Eden, N.C. and was headed to Dover, Del. when the crash took place. He estimated damages to the truck at some $60,000, with another $40,000 in damages to the merchandise that was hauled off the scene.

The crash took place 3:15 p.m. Monday in the eastbound lane of US 58, some 520 feet west of its intersection with State Route 704 . The wreck happened about the time that industries at the county’s Industrial Park were changing shifts. The mishap tied up traffic for hours, with final clean-up efforts completed around 6 p. m.

In another crash, this one occurring at midnight Sunday on Route 360, one-tenth mile east of its intersection with State Route 749, 29 year old Jason T. Ingram of South Boston was charged with driving under the influence after the 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 he was operating went off the left side of the roadway, striking several trees.

Investigating Virginia State Trooper A. D. Dishmon estimated damages to the Dodge at $7,000.

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