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The single-vehicle wreck that occurred about 5:45 p.m. on a curvy stretch of U.S. 501 just north of the Eagle Eyrie Baptist Convention Center.
Monday, August 19, 2013
An afternoon drive in the Coleman Falls area of Bedford County turned deadly Sunday when a vehicle flipped over an embankment along a curvy stretch of U.S. 501.
Virginia State Police on scene and Boonsboro Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company Chief Jack Sorrells confirmed that one person was killed and another injured in the single-vehicle wreck that occurred about 5:45 p.m., just north of the Eagle Eyrie Baptist Convention Center.
The other victim was hospitalized with unknown injuries, Sorrells said. He and police on the scene did not immediately disclose identities of the victims or further details of the crash.
The vehicle was in a wooded area away from the road. As crews worked the scene, firefighters yelled back and forth to communicate over the grinding sound of extrication equipment. Emergency crews from Boonsboro, Big Island, Forest and Bedford spent more than an hour extricating the trapped victims as rain drizzled off and on.
Traffic in both directions of U.S. 501 was shut down for several hours in the stretch between Boonsboro and Big Island. Cars heading toward Big Island were rerouted or turned around. Sorrells said the road was shut down while a Virginia State Police team reconstructed the scene. The road reopened to traffic about 9 p.m.
A wrecker was called in to remove and haul the damaged vehicle as night fell.
Curvy stretches on the corridor present motorists with sharp, sudden turns. A northbound road sign near the scene cautions drivers to slow their speed to 20 miles per hour and alerts truck drivers that tractor-trailers more than 65 feet long are prohibited.
The wreck remains under investigation.
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