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South Boston NewsSouth Boston News / October 21, 2019

A Ford Fiesta traveling a high rate of speed plowed into a parked Chevrolet Silverado and knocked the pickup truck some 50 feet up Broad Street on Friday, according to people at the scene who witnessed the collision.

While the crash report from South Boston Police was unavailable at press time, town officers were able to obtain video footage of the crash from one of the businesses that line Broad Street just up the hill from the Dan River.

Eyewitness at Reaves Lawn Care said the Fiesta passed a traveling jeep so fast that it looked as if the jeep was sitting still. One witness said the tires of Fiesta left the ground as the car hit the railroad tracks heading north on Broad Street. The vehicle lost control as the tires hit the ground and crashed into the back of the parked Silverado.

The owner of the truck, Lloyd Barksdale, works at Riverdale Auto Parts and was not in the vehicle at the time. Barksdale said his truck was pushed about 50 feet. “The impact knocked the driveshaft in half, caused a tire to go flat, and busted the latch on the tool box.”

Christy Conner, another employee of Riverdale Auto Parts, ran to help open the driver’s side door. The driver was able to get out of the Fiesta and said he was okay, she said. The driver-side airbag of the vehicle was deployed.

Jimmy Allen, owner of Riverdale Auto Parts, said he has seen at least seven crashes in the past 15 years involving vehicles that speed across the train tracks. Allen also lamented that he sees cars constantly driving down Broad Street the wrong way.

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