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Four vehicles damaged in chain reaction

SoVaNow.com / June 27, 2013
A four-vehicle collision yesterday caused minor injuries to five people and resulted in property damages estimated at $21,500.

The accident took place at 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of US 360 and State Route 360 near the Shortstop convenience store in Scottsburg. The mishap unfolded as three of the four vehicles were stopped at the stoplight.

A 1991 Kenworth dump truck operated by 75 year old Edwin C. Falls of Amherst ran into the back of a 2001 GMC Jimmy operated by Thornton O. Rowland, 64, of Gretna. In turn, Rowland’s vehicle struck the back of the 1998 Nissan Maxima operated by 30 year old April S. Callands of South Boston. Her car then struck a 1998 Dodge Durango operated by 51 year old Randolph M. Boyd of Scottsburg.

Suffering minor injures were Rowland and three passengers in his vehicle — 41 year old Liza J. Rowland, a 15 year old female passenger and a 13 year old male passenger, all of whom were wearing seat belts.

The four were all transported to the hospital for treatment, as was April Callands, who also suffered minor injuries.

Damages to the dump truck were estimated at $10,000 while those to the GMC Jimmy were set at $5,500.The Nissan suffered $3,500 in damages and the Dodge another $2,500.

Investigating Virginia State Trooper J. R. Abbott charged Falls with reckless driving and failure to maintain proper control of his vehicle.

In an earlier accident Tuesday morning at 6:10 a.m., Trooper T. C. Comer charged 28 year old Averyl A. Smith of Martinsville with reckless driving after he struck the back of the 1995 Ford F150 in the rear before veering off the left side of the roadway and coming to a halt.

Smith was the operator of a 2009 Ford Focus which suffered $5,000 in damages and Melvin L. Furges, 62, of South Boston was operating the Ford truck which also suffered $5,000 in damages. Neither driver was injured in the accident which occurred on U.S. Route 58 one-tenth mile east of its intersection with State Route 881.

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