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Three crashes send several to hospital

by Tom Chillemi

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A small section of the roof above the driver’s side of this SUV remained intact after the SUV struck a guard rail and tree early Friday. On Tuesday, the driver, a 23-year-old Remlik woman, was conscious but still in the hospital, said Trooper C.S. Camden.  (Photos by Tom Chillemi)
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The driver of this SUV was flown to a Richmond hospital following a roll-over crash on Route 17 Monday at Jamaica across from Tidewater-White Funeral Home.

Three serious vehicle crashes in four days kept fire and rescue workers busy in Middlesex County.

The first crash occurred about 3:15 a.m. on Friday, April 10, on Route 602 (Old Virginia Street) at Remlik, about three miles west of Urbanna.

Virginia State Trooper C.S. Camden said Lauren Michelle Ramsey, 23, was about a mile from home when she ran off the right side of Route 602 on a curve and struck the guard rail. The Jeep SUV rode up on top of the guard rail and flipped onto its right side. Its roof struck a tree, which peeled back most of the SUV’s roof, exposing the inside of the vehicle. A very small section of the roof over the driver remained intact.

There were no skid marks, said Trooper Camden.

Ramsey, who was wearing a seat belt, was knocked unconscious. She was flown by Life Evac helicopter to VCU Medical Center in Richmond.

On Tuesday, she was conscious and still in the hospital, said Trooper Camden.

Charges are pending.

Multi-vehicle crash

On Sunday, April 12, about 3 p.m., Ruth Barr of Urbanna was attempting to cross Route 17 toward Food Lion when she pulled her Chrysler into the path of another vehicle, said Trooper Ed Chaney. Barr drove into southbound Route 17 and her car was struck in the left lane by a Dodge Magnum driven by a Richmond man.

Chaney said the Dodge Magnum was traveling at 55 miles per hour and there were no skid marks, indicating the driver had little time to slow down before the crash.

The impact spun Barr’s Chrysler around and the back of her car contacted the Dodge Magnum’s side rear.

The Dodge Magnum continued moving out of control and grazed the back right corner of a Ford SUV that was traveling south in the right lane.

The Dodge Magnum continued veering right toward the exit from Food Lion where it collided head-on with a Ford Edge that had been waiting at the stop sign.

Barr, who is elderly, was transported to Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester with injuries that were not believed to be life threatening, said Trooper Chaney.

Four other persons were transported to area hospitals, including the driver and passenger in the Dodge Magnum, and the driver and passenger in the Ford Edge.

A grandson who was in the Ford SUV was taken to the hospital by his grandparents, said Trooper Chaney.

Roll-over crash

On Monday, April 13, about 5:30 p.m. a Jeep SUV that was traveling north on Route 17 ran off the right side of the highway and rolled over several times before coming to rest against a tree. The driver, Diane Carroll, 60, of King George, was freed from the wreckage by firefighters through the windshield.

Trooper Chaney said Carroll had dropped the right wheels of her car off the road into a ditch, and then came back on the shoulder where the SUV began to roll over several times.

Before coming to rest on its side, the SUV traveled more than 300 feet after it first left the highway across from Tidewater-White Funeral Home at Jamaica. The driver was flown by Life Evac helicopter to a Richmond hospital.

posted 04.15.2009

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