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Two airlifted to MCV after crash at Topping

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Rescue squad members and firemen work at the crash scene on Dirt Bridge Road in Topping. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Tom Chillemi

Two injured people were airlifted from a crash that occurred on Tuesday, May 31, at about 7:10 p.m. in Topping on Dirt Bridge Road, reported First Sergeant Kevin Barrick of the Virginia State Police.

According to the police report, the crash occurred on a curve on Route 622 about a half mile from Route 3. Tashaya N. Brooks of Susan in Mathews County was driving toward Hartfield when a wheel on her vehicle dropped off the right side of the pavement. Her out-of-control car came back on the road and slid sideways into the oncoming lane, colliding with a car driven by Mary Lowery of Irvington. The front of Lowery’s car impacted the passenger side doors of Brooks’ car, which slid a few more feet and hit a tree on the driver’s door.

Sgt. Barrick said the report indicates Brooks’ car was traveling at 40 miles per hour, and Lowery’s car was traveling 55 miles per hour before the crash.

Two children in Brooks’ car were flown to VCU Medical Center in Richmond. One of them was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. At the crash scene, an infant, who was riding in an infant seat in Brooks’ car, appeared not to be seriously injured.

Lowery, 63, was conscious at the scene and appeared to have a leg injury. She had been wearing her seat belt.

Firefighters from the Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department cut the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier body to extricate the injured from Brooks’ car.

The Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad of Deltaville transported crash victims to Hummel Field to meet a Life Evac helicopter, and transported other injured persons to Rappahannock General Hospital (RGH) in Kilmarnock. The Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad of Urbanna also transported crash victims to RGH.

Brooks, 23, is charged with reckless driving.

Sgt. Barrick said when a car drops a wheel onto the shoulder, the driver should slow down gradually before trying to get back on the pavement.

posted 06.08.2011

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