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Drivers, students caught up in crash at 58-15 intersection / November 29, 2017

The intersection of U.S. 15 and 58 near Clarksville was the scene of a two-car crash Tuesday morning that sent the driver of one vehicle to the hospital.

According to Clarksville Police Officer Matt Powell, Ivory Oliver was traveling east coming off the U.S. 58 Bypass bridge when the school fleet vehicle she was driving was struck by a car coming from Clarksville on Business 58, driven by Donna Garland of Red Oak.

At the time, Oliver was transporting three students heading to school in Mecklenburg County. While none of the students where taken to the hospital, they were checked at the scene by medics, Powell said. At least one student complained of having leg pains following the wreck. He added that Oliver gave no indication that she was injured.

EMS personnel with the Boydton Life Station and Mecklenburg County Lifesaving and Rescue Squad in Clarksville were called to the scene, Powell said. Squad members transported Garland to a nearby hospital almost immediately. The extent of her possible injuries is unknown.

Garland’s vehicle, a 2012 Chevrolet, received the bulk of the damage after crashing into the driver’s side front panel of Oliver’s vehicle, said Powell. The wrecked vehicle could not be driven and had to be removed from the scene on a flatbed. He estimated damage to Garland’s car at over $1,500 and the damage to the county vehicle at about $1,000.

Garland will be charged with failure to yield, but Powell could not say if other charges would be forthcoming as the case remains under investigation.

Over the years, the intersection of the U.S. 58 bypass and Business 58, across the bridge from Clarksville has proven to be one of the most hazardous in the area. Despite rumble strips and a flashing yellow caution light, more than one driver has wrecked there, or been confused by the highway markings and turned into the wrong lane of traffic.

The Town of Clarksville and the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors repeatedly have asked VDOT to install a stoplight at the intersection. But after each study, VDOT engineers have said a stoplight is not needed.

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