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Four injured in two crashes

by Tom Chillemi

Four persons were airlifted from two separate crashes on Saturday, October 6, reported the Virginia State Police.

At about 3:50 a.m. on Saturday, Virginia State Trooper Adam Cavins responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 33 at Jackson Creek Road near the Shell Station in Deltaville.

On Tuesday of this week, Trooper Cavins said he is still investigating the crash that sent both occupants of a 1996 Mustang to the hospital.

The car was eastbound on Route 33 when it ran off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole, said Cavins. The car overturned and landed in a ditch with electric power lines touching the car. Rescue workers had to wait for the power to be shut off before attending to the victims. 

Benjamin Dale Callis, 24, of Deltaville, was flown by helicopter to Riverside Regional Hospital in Newport News.

Robert Bailey Hall, 21, of Hardyville, was airlifted to Norfolk General Hospital.

The extent of their injuries was not known as of Tuesday, said Trooper Cavins, who added that Hall was still in the hospital.

Another crash on Saturday occurred at 1:33 p.m. about 3 miles west of Urbanna on Route 602 (Old Virginia St.) near Middlesex Metals. James C. Gresham Jr., 79, was attempting to make a left turn from Route 602 into his driveway and pulled his pickup into the path of a motorcycle, reported State Trooper J.C. Reynolds.

Steven French, 40, of Water View, was driving a 2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycle westbound on Route 602, and just before impact he “laid down” the motorcycle, which slid into the side of the Ford pickup. French and the motorcycle passenger, Dana Boyer of Water View, were airlifted by helicopter to MCV Hospital in Richmond.

Trooper Reynolds said Boyer suffered a serious leg injury, and French was released from the hospital on Monday. 

posted 10.10.2012

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