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Vehicles collide at Main Street intersection; driver charged with failing to stop at light

South Boston News / August 27, 2020
A two-car collision Monday at noon closed off traffic for a brief time at Main Street and Seymour Drive in front of Constitution Square.

Traffic was rerouted as tow truck operators hauled off one of the wrecked vehicles and flipped the second, an overturned Jeep, back on its wheels. A spare wheel came loose in the crash and rolled to the bottom of the hill near the Dan River.

Jennifer L. Martin, 38, of South Boston suffered minor injuries when her 2010 Jeep Wrangler was struck by vehicle that drove unexpectedly into the intersection. Chase M. Barton, 23 of South Boston was piloting a 2006 Honda Civic southbound on Main Street and ran through a red light, causing the crash, police said.

The Honda plowed into the driver’s side of the Jeep as Martin drove it through the intersection headed east on Seymour. The Jeep overturned, hitting two utility poles and coming to rest on the sidewalk.

Barton was charged with failure to obey traffic signal by South Boston Cpl. C.L. Collie, who responded to the 12:07 p.m. crash.

Like Martin, Barton also suffered minor injuries.

The damage to both vehicles was estimated at $3,000 each. Poles belonging to the Town of South Boston sustained $2,000 in damages.

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