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Wreck causes heavy damage, ties up traffic / November 20, 2017
A two-vehicle crash on Broad Street on Thursday afternoon resulted in no injuries but caused heavy property damages. The wreckage forced the detour of traffic along Seymour Drive for nearly an hour.

According to a report from South Boston Police, a 2016 Kia SUV operated by 46 year old Frances Stoner of South Boston was traveling north on Broad Street when the driver ran a red light. The SUV was struck by a 2003 Chevrolet Trail Blazer driven by 23 year old Lillie Hamlett, also of South Boston.

Hamlett was traveling west on Seymour Drive when accident happened at the intersection of Seymour and Broad. It took place at 2:37 p.m.

Damages to the KIA were estimated at $20,000 while the toll to the Trail Blazer was set at $5,000.

South Boston Police directed traffic westerly along Seymour until the wreckage could be removed.

Stoner was charged with reckless driving.

In an earlier accident on Wednesday, on Route 501 about 1.5 miles from State Route 643, two drivers and three passengers were all transported for medical treatment, although no life threatening injuries were reported.

Virginia State Trooper G. K. Brandes charged 43 year old Sherry Smiddle of Gretna, the driver of a 2003 Dodge Durango, with reckless driving.

Smiddle’s vehicle crossed the center lane, striking a 2016 Western Star tractor trailer operated by Kelby Henderson of Norlina, N.C. after Henderson swerved to miss the Dodge which struck the front of the truck which was filled with logs.

Two juvenile passengers, 11 and 12 years old, were injured as was 52 year old Vernon Crenshaw, who was a passenger in the truck.

The accident caused the truck to catch fire, bringing out three local fire departments to the scene.

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