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Treacherous travel

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Fire and rescue personnel respond to the scene of a Sunday night accident in Clarksville that left three persons injured. / March 12, 2014
Two teenagers — a 14-year-old female and 18-year-old male — were airlifted to hospitals in the region with serious but unspecified injuries following a Sunday crash in Clarksville around 9:30 p.m.

The two juveniles were passengers in a 1997 Mountaineer SUV driven by Tony Liles, 39, of Chase City. The vehicle overturned on U.S. 58 near its intersection with Sandy Fork Road. Liles, who also was injured in the crash, was transported by local EMS personnel to Halifax Regional Hospital in South Boston.

According to investigating Virginia State Trooper J.L. Criner, Liles was driving the Mountaineer west on Highway 58 when it appeared that the vehicle ran off the road to the left. Liles then overcorrected, causing the vehicle to flip on its side in the roadway, before running off the road to the right.

Clarksville volunteer firefighters and rescue personnel from Clarksville, Boydton and Chase City helped extract the three individuals from the vehicle.

Criner estimated the damage to the Mountaineer at about $7,000.

Charges are pending and the crashTeens airlifted after vehicle overturns on U.S. 58 near Clarksville remains under investigation, according to State Police.

Icy roads blamed in fatal crash

Slick road conditions from a late winter storm contributed to a fatal crash Friday that claimed the life of a 76-year-old Chase City woman.

Deloris Wright, 76, was a passenger in a vehicle traveling on Highway 47 east of Chase City, near Draper Road (Route 600), when the crash happened Friday morning.

According to investigating Virginia State Trooper B. M. DeLoach, Peggy Hayes, 57 of Chase City was driving when she lost control of her 2010 Chevy Cobalt on an icy patch. According to the trooper, Hayes’ vehicle spun into the opposite lane and was struck by a 1998 Cadillac DeVille, driven by 44-year-old Derrick Smith of Brodnax.

Hayes was transported to the local hospital for treatment. Her passenger, Wright, died at the scene. Smith suffered minor injuries, but was not transported for treatment.

Each car incurred about $5,000 in damages, according to State Police estimates. Charges are pending.

By Saturday, sunshine and warmer temperatures melted away most of the snow, leaving the ground soggy but the roads clear. Friday’s storm forced the cancellation of school and brought much of the normal activity around Mecklenburg County to a standstill for much of the day.

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