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South Hill cop suffers minor injury when tractor tractor rams cruiser

South Boston News / January 23, 2019
A South Hill police officer suffered minor injuries when a logging truck struck his cruiser Monday morning in town. The mishap occurred around 8:55 a.m.

According to Virginia State Police, which investigated the crash, South Hill Police Officer P. Jones was turning left onto Highway 58 from East Atlantic Street when his patrol car was struck in the driver’s side door by a tractor trailer heading west on U.S. 58. The t-bone collision happened when the rig failed to stop for the red light, said State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller.

While the logging truck was not carrying cargo, the crash had enough impact to spin the marked police vehicle, a 2015 Chevrolet Caprice, around in the intersection.

South Hill Police Chief Stuart Bowen confirmed that no one was seriously injured in the crash, but Jones was transported to VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. He was released the same day.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, James A. Harris, 73, of Brodnax, was not injured in the crash. He was charged with failure to yield and failing to display a license plate.

Geller noted that both Jones and Harris were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

Bowen said he and fellow department members are “thankful that no one was seriously hurt.” He thanked the South Hill Volunteer Fire Department, Southside Rescue Squad and the Virginia State Police for their assistance.

The Virginia State Police Motor Carrier Safety Team also responded to the scene to aid with the crash investigation. Reports from State Police and Town of South Hill did not include any damage assessment for either vehicle.

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