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Driver in serious condition after Sunday mishap

SoVaNow.com / December 26, 2013




A two-vehicle crash late Sunday afternoon has left the driver of a 2003 BMW in serious condition after his vehicle struck a tractor trailer rig on U.S. Route 360 at 4:15 p.m.

Durwin Whitehead of Charlotte County was traveling east on 360 when he ran off the roadway into the median strip, striking the tractor rig (which was not hauling its trailer) head-on.

The rig, a 2005 Freightliner owned by Hudson Trucking of Drakes Branch, was traveling west bound when the crash occurred. The truck ran off the road to the right, then crossed the median into the east bound lane before striking an embankment.

The accident took place about one-tenth mile west of the intersection of 360 and Red Level Church Road (State Route 715). It is under investigation by Virginia State Trooper Kevin Martin,

Attempts to air-lift Whitehead from the scene for medical treatment were thwarted by inclement weather, but he was taken to the emergency room of Halifax Regional Hospital and later transferred to Duke Medical Center.

Rescue volunteers from Clover, Scottsburg and Drakes Branch responded to the accident, which closed off both lanes of the roadway for a short period of time Sunday evening.

Also this weekend, a 29 year old Brookneal man died in an early morning crash in northern Charlotte County, near Phenix. Casey Clowdis of Swinging Bridge Road was the driver of a 1994 Ford Taurus which ran off the right side of the roadway at the intersection of State Route 727 and 40 around 6 a.m. on Sunday.

The car overturned several times, ejecting the driver, who was not wearing a seat belt. Investigating Virginia State Trooper W. J. Wilborn said the car was a total loss.

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