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Firefighter charged in Mountain Road crash / November 24, 2021
A volunteer firefighter was charged with failing to yield the right the way in a Nov. 17 crash in the Town of Halifax that knocked the other vehicle off Mountain Road, into a nearby yard.

Dean Wagstaff, 69, of Scottsburg was driving a Ford F-350 truck belonging to the Halifax Volunteer Fire Department when the truck came up behind a 2008 Nissan Altima, operated by Leslie Bohanon of Halifax, who lives a short distance off Mountain Road on Cedar Lane.

The Ford truck struck Bohanan’s Nissan as it was turning left onto Cedar. The vehicles collided in the eastbound lane of Mountain Road. Both car and truck were headed westbound.

The fire department truck had its lights and siren activated when it crossed the centerline of the eastbound travel lane. The force of the crash pushed the Nissan into a Mountain Road yard

Duffer was shaken up but said she suffered no serious injuries. Wagstaff, who was responding to an emergency call, was not injured.

The crash took place at 8:24 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17 in the 300 block of Mountain Road, according to Virginia State Police, which is handling the investigation.

In an interview this weekend with the News & Record, Duffer said the crash was “awful” and left her with a totaled vehicle and many questions.

“It could have killed me and since when can a fireman pass on a yellow double line?” she wrote in a message about the crash. “He got the ticket. I have no car and no details, really.".

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Not knowing the whole story. Emergency vehicles can break traffic laws if safe to do so. Sounds like this lady needed to stop when she saw the fire truck. I hope he is not convicted of anything.

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