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6 inmates, 2 teens injured in crash

Six inmates and two teenagers were injured in a two-vehicle collision Monday afternoon on U.S. 11 in Pulaski County.
The accident occurred Monday around 3:45 p.m. when a 1989 Buick LeSabre, driven by a 17-year-old male, pulled into the path of a 2004 Chevrolet van, according to 1st Sgt. Mike Honaker of the Virginia State Police.
The van was a transport vehicle for the New River Valley Regional Jail, and, along with its driver, the van held six inmates from the NRVRJ.
Honaker said the van had been traveling north on U.S. 11 when the Buick LeSabre pulled out from Hatcher Road (formerly known as Slaughterhouse Road) into the path of the van, causing a t-bone collision.
Once the collision occurred, the van ran into the median, struck a sign post, and then a large tree, Honaker said.
The driver of the van, Officer Travis Hamilton, of Locust Avenue in Dublin, was not injured, according to Honaker.
However, he said all six inmates were injured in some capacity. Inmates Anthony Harmon, Romon Ibarra, Luke Cook, Jesse Raines and Adrian Martinez were all treated for minor injuries at Pulaski Community Hospital. Inmate Christopher Smith sustained serious and significant injuries and was initially transported to the New River Valley Medical Center, then flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
As of this morning, Honaker said Smith is listed in good condition.
The collision left the 17-year-old male driver of the Buick trapped inside the car. It took local fire department workers about 45 minutes to free the driver from the vehicle, using extraction equipment, Honaker said.
He noted that the driver of the Buick sustained serious injuries and was flown from the scene of the accident to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. As of this morning, he was listed in good condition.
The other passenger in the car, a 15-year-old female, who was the sister of the driver, was transported to Pulaski Community Hospital and as of this morning, is listed in stable condition, Honaker said.
The names of the two teenagers are not being released due to an investigation of the crash and pending charges.
Honaker said that the preliminary investigation of the crash has found that the driver of the Buick failed to yield to the van.
Before the collision occurred, the van had been traveling from the Pulaski County Courthouse to the NRVRJ.
Honaker said the van did not have typical bench seats that face forward, and instead, had steel bench seats on the two sides of the van, facing inward.

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6 inmates, 2 teens injured in crash

Six inmates and two teenagers were injured in a two-vehicle collision Monday afternoon on U.S. 11 in Pulaski County.
The accident occurred Monday around 3:45 p.m. when a 1989 Buick LeSabre, driven by a 17-year-old male, pulled into the path of a 2004 Chevrolet van, according to 1st Sgt. Mike Honaker of the Virginia State Police.
The van was a transport vehicle for the New River Valley Regional Jail, and, along with its driver, the van held six inmates from the NRVRJ.
Honaker said the van had been traveling north on U.S. 11 when the Buick LeSabre pulled out from Hatcher Road (formerly known as Slaughterhouse Road) into the path of the van, causing a t-bone collision.
Once the collision occurred, the van ran into the median, struck a sign post, and then a large tree, Honaker said.
The driver of the van, Officer Travis Hamilton, of Locust Avenue in Dublin, was not injured, according to Honaker.
However, he said all six inmates were injured in some capacity. Inmates Anthony Harmon, Romon Ibarra, Luke Cook, Jesse Raines and Adrian Martinez were all treated for minor injuries at Pulaski Community Hospital. Inmate Christopher Smith sustained serious and significant injuries and was initially transported to the New River Valley Medical Center, then flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
As of this morning, Honaker said Smith is listed in good condition.
The collision left the 17-year-old male driver of the Buick trapped inside the car. It took local fire department workers about 45 minutes to free the driver from the vehicle, using extraction equipment, Honaker said.
He noted that the driver of the Buick sustained serious injuries and was flown from the scene of the accident to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. As of this morning, he was listed in good condition.
The other passenger in the car, a 15-year-old female, who was the sister of the driver, was transported to Pulaski Community Hospital and as of this morning, is listed in stable condition, Honaker said.
The names of the two teenagers are not being released due to an investigation of the crash and pending charges.
Honaker said that the preliminary investigation of the crash has found that the driver of the Buick failed to yield to the van.
Before the collision occurred, the van had been traveling from the Pulaski County Courthouse to the NRVRJ.
Honaker said the van did not have typical bench seats that face forward, and instead, had steel bench seats on the two sides of the van, facing inward.

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