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Five vehicle crash closes section of U.S. 501

SoVaNow.com / October 21, 2013
A five-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon on U.S Route 501 near the intersection with State Route 610 injured five drivers and one passenger involved. All were taken to the local emergency room for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The wreck caused an estimated $32,200 in property damages.

Portions of the roadway were closed to traffic for several hours during clean-up of the accident which occurred shortly before 5:30 p.m.

Investigating Virginia State Trooper L. V. Pambid charged the driver of a 2011 Ford Ranger, 19 year old Ryan Yates of Halifax, with reckless driving, failure to maintain proper control of his vehicle.

The accident took place when the driver of a 1998 Jeep Cherokee, Kimberly E. Galvan of Halifax was stopped in northbound traffic, waiting to turn left into a private driveway when Yates’ Ranger swerved to the left to avoid striking the 2004 Ford Mustang, driven by 53 year old Tammy B. Holt of Nathalie, which was stopped behind Galvan’s Jeep.

The Ranger struck the rear of the Mustang which ran off to the right, striking a tree. Yates then lost control of his vehicle which overturned and was struck by the southbound 2000 Ford F650 operated by David W. Allen of Goodview. The Ford truck was struck in the rear by the southbound 2007 Volkswagen Beetle, driven by 19 year old Brittany C. Carr of South Boston, and the truck ran off the roadway down an embankment.

All the drivers and a passenger in Allen’s truck were transported for treatment of their injuries. Damages to the Ranger were estimated at $15,000 while those to the Mustang were set at $5,000 and the Ford truck at $10,000. The Cherokee suffered $2,000 in damages and the Beetle had only $200 in estimated damages.

Earlier at 5:15 on Thursday, Pambid had charged a 17 juvenile driver with reckless driving, failure to maintain control of his vehicle. The youth, driving a 1993 Ford Ranger, flipped the vehicle, totaling it on Route 57 near its intersection with Asbury Church Road.

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