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Woman injured in car-flip crash

Rescue workers carefully extricate the crash victim through the back window. Responding were the Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad from Urbanna and the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department.  (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Tom Chillemi

A Newport News woman was looking at her navigation device when she ran off the right side of Route 17, a mile north of Saluda, and hit a drainage culvert, which flipped her Toyota Echo end over end, said Virginia State Trooper A.N. Cavins.

The crash occurred at about 5:30 p.m. on May 23.

April Nicole Mason was not wearing a seatbelt and was fortunate to have not sustained more serious injuries in the violent crash, said Trooper Cavins, who added Mason was alert at a local hospital.

Trooper Cavins noted a young driver who died in a recent crash in Mathews was not wearing a seatbelt.

In an unrelated accident, on May 23 about 8:45 a.m. a motorcycle trike (3-wheeler) ran off the left side of northbound Route 17 near Church View, said Master Trooper Tommy Hudson.

According to police, the driver, a 58-year-old man from Newport News, and his 10-year-old grandson were ejected from the motorcycle. The man suffered a head injury but was conscious at the scene. The boy was alert. Both crash victims were flown by helicopter to MCV in Richmond. 

posted 05.29.2013

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