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TRAILER TROUBLE

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A motorist snapped a photo of the traffic jam on the 58 bypass bridge in Clarksville after the artery was blocked by a mobile home that fell in the road.
SoVaNow.com / July 28, 2021
Traffic on the U.S. 58 bypass bridge in Clarksville was brought to a standstill Friday when a towing rig broke an axle, dropping a mobile home onto the highway.

The mishap led to an hour-long closure of the bypass bridge before crews were able to restore the flow of traffic.

According to motorist who witnessed the breakdown, a truck was pulling a trailer west on Highway 15 N near the VFW Roanoke River Post when an axle under the trailer snapped. The witnesses said the truck driver continued onto the U.S. 58 Bypass Bridge before the mobile home fell onto the road, blocking traffic in both westbound lanes.

The incident occurred around 4 p.m., July 23.

Other witnesses reported seeing several drivers turn around on the blocked bridge, heading east in the westbound lane before officers with the Clarksville Police Department and Virginia State Police arrived and took over traffic control.

Witnesses say it took about 45 minutes to an hour to clear the road and allow traffic to resume.

A spokesperson with the Virginia State Police said no accident report was filed since the breakdown was classified as an “incident,” not an “accident.”

Earlier in the day, Clarksville police were called out to a minor accident that also occurred on Highway 15N at the Business 58 bridge.

At 11:59 a.m. Friday, Juan Ramos of Bassett was heading north on Highway 15N when his 2012 Dodge pickup was struck in the passenger side by a 2017 Ford truck operated by Bruce Conover of South Boston.

Conover was exiting onto Highway 15 from Route 58 when his vehicle struck Ramos’ truck, damaging the passenger and rear door.

Clarksville police estimated the damage to Ramos’ truck at around $5,000. Conover’s truck also incurred damage to the front bumper. Police estimated the extent of that damage to be around $2,000.

No one was injured in the crash and Conover was cited for failing to yield the right of way.

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