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Newport News woman killed in Palmer Springs crash / June 24, 2020
Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal two-car crash near Palmer Springs.

Troopers say the collision took place around 10:45 a.m. Sunday near the 2000 block of Rough Road.

Two vehicles, a 2009 Mercury Mariner and a 2006 Cadillac CTS, were traveling in opposite directions on Rough Road when the Cadillac crossed the center line and hit the Mercury head-on.

Firefighters with the Palmer Springs Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene of the crash, as did Southside Rescue, Boydton Life Station, Chase City Rescue, Warren County EMS, Virginia State Police, and the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.

According a spokesperson with the State Police, the driver of the Mercury, Courtnie J. Ferrel, 25, of Newport News was transported to Maria Parham Health in Henderson, N.C. where she succumbed of her injuries. An adult male passenger was transported for treatment of life-threatening injuries and three juvenile passengers who were in the backseat of the Mercury were also transported for hospital care.

Police did not specify the extent of the injuries to the juveniles, only that two of them were in child safety seats.

The driver of the Cadillac, Heather Chandler, 30, of Warrenton, N.C. was separately transported for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

Both drivers were said to have been wearing seatbelts at the time of the wreck, but the adult male passenger in the Mercury was not.

The Virginia Department of Transportation closed off Rough Road while the rescue took place and during the State Police investigation.

Police have not said if charges are pending against any of the drivers involved in the collision.

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