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Three crashes in three days

Hartfield volunteer firefighters work to extricate Norman Wake who was partially ejected when his pickup overturned on March 1 on Barricks Mill Road in Wake. (Photo courtesy of HVFD)

by Tom Chillemi

The month of March came in with a crash, with three vehicle accidents occurring in as many days in Middlesex last week.

The most serious crash occurred on Thursday, March 1, about 5:30 p.m., when the driver of a 1994 pickup was partially ejected as the vehicle overturned on Barricks Mill Road in Wake.

Norman Edwin Wake, 53, of Locust Hill, the driver of the pickup, was not wearing a seat belt, said First Sergeant Kevin Barrick of the Virginia State Police.

Firefighters from the Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department had to cut the door and side of the truck to extricate Wake, who was partially ejected through the rear window.

Wake was conscious at the scene, said a firefighter. He was airlifted by helicopter with non-life threatening injuries, said Sgt. Barrick.

According to the accident report, Wake ran off the road onto the right shoulder and over-corrected. The truck’s momentum carried it across the road to the left shoulder where it overturned. The impact caused the truck body to be separated from the frame. The crash occurred on Barricks Mill Road (Route 625), about 4/10 mile from Regent Road (Route 624).

The Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad (MCVRS), based in Deltaville, transported Wake to the landing zone where he was picked up by the helicopter.

Trooper James Reynolds investigated the crash.

On Friday, March 2, at about 2:11 p.m., two vehicles collided in front of the Hartfield 7-Eleven. Angela Brown Smith, 40, of Heathsville, was in the process of turning left in her 1988 Pontiac into the 7-Eleven when she was struck from the rear by a 2001 Chevy SUV driven by Rachel Anna Lee, 20, of Urbanna, said Sgt. Barrick.

The MCVRS transported all three persons involved to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, including both drivers and a passenger in Smith’s car.

Smith was wearing a seat belt; Lee was not. Lee has been charged with following too closely by Trooper T. Hudson, who investigated the crash.

On Saturday, March 3, at about 5:04 p.m. another crash occurred at the intersection of Route 17 in front of Food Lion near Saluda, said Sgt. Barrick. 

According to the report, Margaret F. Fitchett, 80, of Urbanna, was leaving Food Lion and pulled into southbound Route 17 where she was struck by a Toyota Camry driven by William Samuel Branson, 54, of Montross.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts and no injuries were apparent at the scene.

Fitchett has been charged with failing to yield by investigating Trooper J.A. Teagle.

posted 03.07.2012

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