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Rescue personnel work to extricate Brenda Russell from the wreckage of a Mazda SUV that collided with two other vehicles in the Wal-Mart parking lot and overturned. The crash claimed the life of 56-year-old Clifton Russell of Nathalie, the driver of the SUV. Brenda Russell was airlifted to Lynchburg for treatment of injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening.
SoVaNow.com / May 19, 2014
A careening SUV struck two other vehicles and overturned in the South Boston Wal-Mart parking lot on Friday afternoon, resulting in the death of the driver, 56-year-old Clifton Russell of Nathalie.

A passenger, 54-year-old Brenda Russell, also of Nathalie, suffered injuries when the SUV that Clifton Russell was driving flipped in front of the store around 1:30 p.m.

She was airlifted to Lynchburg General Hospital for medical treatment. Police say her injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

An investigation of the crash is ongoing. The 2002 Mazda SUV was speeding through the busy parking lot when the collisions occurred, although authorities have not given a reason for why the vehicle seemingly would barrel out of control.

No one else was injured, despite the mayhem that unfolded near one of the Wal-Mart entrances on a busy Friday afternoon.

According to police, the SUV struck two vehicles which were parked near the entrance, a 2004 Ford and a 2000 Ford. Each of the vehicles sustained an estimated $2,500 in damages.

After striking the two parked vehicles and a parking lot pole, the SUV flipped right in front of the store, ejecting the driver, Mr. Russell. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

He died at the scene.

Ms. Russell, the passenger, apparently was wearing a seatbelt. She was extricated from the overturned vehicle by rescue personnel who quickly swarmed the scene.

A large section of the parking lot was roped off around the accident scene, but the Wal-Mart remained open throughout.

According to a report from the South Boston Police Department, the cause of the crash is still under investigation.



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