Widgetized Section

Go to Admin » Appearance » Widgets » and move Gabfire Widget: Social into that MastheadOverlay zone

SW Va. traffic deaths continue to climb

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

GRAYSON COUNTY — The tally of traffic fatalities in Southwest Virginia continue to rise as two men injured in crashes earlier this month succumbed to their injuries.

George C. Spurlin Jr., 88, of Galax, died of injuries he sustained in a June 10 wreck in Grayson County, according to Virginia State Police. A spokeswoman said Spurlin was crossing Route 58 in a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee when he failed to yield the right-of-way to an eastbound 2008 GMC Sierra.

Spurlin was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he later died. He was wearing a seatbelt during the crash.

The GMC’s driver, Hannah R. Eller, 37, of Mouth of Wilson was wearing a seatbelt. She only sustained minor injuries, according to police.

The 3:51 p.m. wreck at the Route 626 intersection remains under investigation.

Meanwhile, a man injured in a June 1 multi-vehicle crash on Route 460 in Tazewell County died June 9 as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, state police said in a press release issued Tuesday night.

Gerald G. Shelton, 79, of Pounding Mill was driving a 2007 Nissan Titan in the left eastbound lane of Route 460 when he swerved into the right lane to avoid hitting a vehicle traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes.

The Nissan then went out of control, swerving left, across the median and into the westbound lanes, where it hit a 2007 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck that overturned and a 1998 Peterbilt tow truck. The impact with the tow truck ruptured the tow truck’s fuel tank, causing both vehicles to catch fire.

The Chevrolet’s driver Jacqueline Y. White, 56, of Cedar Bluff, was treated for serious injuries. The driver of the tow truck, Darrell A. Daniels, 64, of Grundy, wasn’t injured.

All four drivers were wearing their seatbelts. The 4:19 p.m. crash is still being investigated.

Comments

comments

You must be logged in to post a comment Login