Name of second victim in deadly Wytheville crash released

WYTHE COUNTY (WVVA) – The Virginia State Police has released more information regarding Tuesday morning’s deadly string of accidents on Interstate 81 in Wythe County.

Two people were killed and two others injured in the crashes that closed the interstate near the 60-mile marker.

Following is the latest news release from the State Police:

WYTHE CO., Va. – Two individuals were killed and two other individuals were injured in a series of traffic crashes on Interstate 81 near the 60 mile marker in Wythe County Tuesday morning (April 1, 2014).

At 3:23 a.m., Virginia State Police Trooper G.A. Purvis was called to the scene of an overturned tractor-trailer on I-81. The tractor-trailer, which was loaded with laundry detergent, was traveling north on I-81 when it ran off the left side of the road. The tractor-trailer overturned onto its side coming to rest across the median and left southbound lane of I-81. Its driver, Philip O. Emiabata, 53, of Pflugerville, Texas, suffered minor injuries. He was transported to Wythe County Community Hospital for treatment. Emiabata has been charged with reckless driving.

Moments after the first crash, a 2000 Lexus SUV traveling south on I-81 struck the overturned tractor-trailer. The driver, Tanya D. Mann, 56, of Zirconia, N.C., died en-route to the hospital.

Within minutes of that crash, a second tractor-trailer headed north on I-81 struck a piece of guardrail in the roadway that had been damaged in the initial crash. Striking the guardrail caused this tractor-trailer to run off the left side of the road into the median. The tractor-trailer continued down between the north and southbound lanes of I-81, struck the edge of the interstate bridge and fell onto the highway underneath the interstate. When the tractor-trailer crashed onto Black Lick Road/Route 90, it caught fire.

The tractor-trailer’s driver, James R. Anderson, 34, of Decherd, Tenn., died at the scene. Its passenger, Jeremy W. Johnson, 36, of Tracy City, Tenn., was ejected from the sleeper cab and flown to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries. This tractor-trailer was loaded with shrubbery.

The crash remains under investigation.

Two injured in Fayette County crash

SCARBRO (WVVA) – Two people were airlifted after a truck lost control, striking a parked car and a building in Fayette County Tuesday.

The crash occurred around 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of County Route 15 and WV Route 612 near Shirley’s Market in the Scarbro area.

Authorities say a Chevy Silverado truck owned by Cole Auto Parts of Bluefield apparently ran over several street signs at the intersection, continued across the parking lot of Shirley’s Market, struck a Chevy Impala that was parked in the lot then hit the foundation of another building, Shirley’s Tanning Salon.

The driver of the pickup, Christopher Plummer, 36, of Cool Ridge and the driver of the Impala, Vanessa McGinnis, 45 of Scarbro were both transported from the scene by EMS then airlifted to Charleston Area Medical Center.

Both were conscious and alert.

“The impact of this crash was quite severe,” Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler said in a news release.

Kessler said both vehicles sustained significant damage.

Kessler said speed may be a factor. The crash remains under investigation.

13-year-old airlifted in crash that blocked US 1 in Islamorada

A traffic crash on the Snake Creek Bridge in Islamorada late Tuesday afternoon resulted in U.S. 1 being blocked in both directions, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Highway Patrol reported.

The crash happened at 4:50 p.m. on the Snake Creek Bridge, mile marker 86. Alternating traffic started flowing around 6:50 p.m. but full traffic flow wasn’t restored until around 9 p.m.

Here’s what happened, according to the FHP:

A 2007 Lexus driven by Ariel Inclan, 30, of Virginia was southbound on U.S. 1 approaching the bridge at the same time a 2011 Kia sport utility vehicle driven by Amy Hoffman, 30, just crossed the top of the bridge northbound. Inclan crossed the center line at the base of the north side of the bridge and hit Hoffman’s Kia head-on.

With Hoffman were 13-year-old and 2-year-old girls. The Sheriff’s Office TraumaStar air ambulance airlifted the 13-year-old to Miami Children’s Hospital while the 2-year-old, Inclan and Hoffman were taken to Mariners Hospital in Tavernier. Tuesday night, the 13-year-old was reported to be in stable condition.

“Alcohol may be involved,” the FHP reported, saying charges are pending further investigation.

1 dead after shuttle bus overturns on I-95 in Va.

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WASHINGTON (AP) – A shuttle bus transporting a group back from a birthday party collided with a car and overturned before dawn Sunday along a highway south of the nation’s capital, leaving one person dead and sending 16 others to the hospital, Virginia State Police said.

The bus was headed south on Interstate 95 when witnesses reported seeing a speeding white sedan swerve into the bus’s lane. Virginia State Police initially said the bus swerved to avoid the car and then overturned, but later said the two vehicles collided, causing the bus driver to lose control, drive off the road and overturn.

The driver of the white sedan did not stop but was arrested later Sunday and charged with one felony count of hit-and-run, the Virginia State Police said. State Police identified him as 31-year-old Raphael Manuel Barrientos of Dumfries, Va. A woman who answered at a telephone listing for his home declined to comment.

The crash occurred on the interstate in northern Virginia’s Fairfax County and police were called at 3:28 a.m. Sunday, State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.

Geller said the man who died was one of two people flown to a northern Virginia hospital. He was identified as 24-year-old David Alberto Sanchez of Woodbridge, Va.

Sanchez’s father, Federico Hernandez, told The Associated Press that his son, who worked in the office of an auto body shop in Virginia, was attending a birthday party for a co-worker. He said he believed his son had left around 11 p.m. Saturday for a trip into Washington to celebrate. Hernandez said his son was also studying computers at a community college.

State Police confirmed the bus had been to Washington for a birthday party and was returning to Prince William County, where all the passengers were from.

The State Police said nine people were ejected from the bus during the accident. One person was being treated for life-threatening injuries Sunday. Two others, the driver and a passenger, were being treated for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. The remaining 13 passengers suffered minor injuries.

State Police identified the crashed vehicle as a shuttle bus operated by America Transportation. An answering service dispatcher for that company said America Transportation had no information to release. A person who replied to an email sent to the company’s address referred questions to the Virginia State Police.

News photographs taken at the site early Sunday showed police had erected orange safety cones at the site and used floodlights to illuminate the overturned bus. It was on its right side in a grassy area, its rear pointed away from a crumpled guardrail. Crews were visible using a tall crane trying to right the bus. Its windshield was shattered and much of its right side crumpled from the right front bumper backward.


Associated Press reporter Bill Cormier contributed to this report from Atlanta.


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ADOT: 1 dead after fiery crash on US 60 in Mesa

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say one person is dead after a fiery crash involving a big rig on a Mesa freeway.
Arizona Department of Transportation officials say the crash occurred at the Dobson Road exit ramp at about 1 p.m. Thursday.
Authorities say the cab of the big rig caught fire after the crash, which also involved another vehicle.
It isn’t immediately clear if the person who died was in the big rig or car and authorities didn’t immediately release the victim’s identity.
ADOT officials say the westbound lanes of U.S. 60 at the Loop 101 Price Freeway were re-opened around 7 p.m.

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UPDATED: Van was traveling erratically before chase, wreck

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Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 8:17 am

Updated: 3:54 pm, Tue Mar 11, 2014.

UPDATED: Van was traveling erratically before chase, wreck


A high-speed pursuit that ended in a dramatic wreck on Interstate 95 in Dale City early Tuesday started as a traffic stop for erratic driving on U.S. 1, Fort Belvoir officials say.

A Fort Belvoir police officer noticed a 2009 Toyota Sienna driving erratically on U.S. 1 near the Gunston Road bridge around 2 a.m., base officials said in a news release. The officer also noticed a taillight on the van was out, so he attempted to stop the driver, who sped off.

“The police officer contacted Belvoir police dispatch to report the attempted traffic stop and alert the dispatcher to the vehicle leaving Belvoir’s jurisdiction,” the news release.

State police and Fairfax police were notified.

“In the interest of public safety due to the erratic operation of the vehicle, the police officer continued pursuit under the instructions of the dispatcher,” the news release said.

The van sped down U.S. 1 and got onto southbound I-95 with the Belvoir officer following.

The driver was traveling at “excessive speeds,” weaving through traffic and braking erratically, the news release said.

As the van approached the Dale City exit, at speeds in excess of 100 mph, the driver lost control, struck a guardrail and overturned onto the left shoulder, state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. The minivan came to rest on its roof.

Four people inside the van were ejected onto the roadway, and everyone in the van was injured. A 15-year-old girl suffered life-threatening injuries, Geller said. The other six suffered serious injuries but are expected to survive, she said.

Five helicopters were landed to take all seven to trauma centers. Five were flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital and two to Washington Hospital Center, Geller said.

State police late Tuesday morning were still trying to identify everyone in the van. The driver was believed to be a woman in her early 20s. The passengers included a 23-year-old man, a 21-year-old man, a 17-year-old boy and three 15-year-old girls, Geller said.

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West Virginia motorcyclist dies in Palm Coast crash – Daytona Beach News

The driver has not been identified by FHP pending family notification.

While troopers were called to the scene just north of Seminole Woods Parkway about 12:30 p.m., it is believed “the crash happened in the early morning hours,” Naugher reported. The Harley Davidson motorcycle and rider weren’t found until after noon Thursday when a pedestrian happened upon the crash scene, the report states.

The rider was traveling north, according to the report, and continued “in a straight direction” though the road curves to the left. The motorcyclist crashed after hitting a concrete culvert.

Check back for details as they develop.

Harsh US winter extends into March

With accumulations of 4-to-6 inches in Washington, Monday’s storm would have been the largest in the nation’s capital in all of last year. But in the seemingly endless winter of 2013-2014, it came 2 ½ weeks after a much bigger storm, and the region settled into a familiar routine of hunkering down.

Schools and government offices were closed. Federal workers stayed home. Young adults gathered on the sloppy, slushy National Mall for a semi-organized, afternoon snowball fight.

By early afternoon, the snow had stopped. But the region will face yet another challenge: another blast of bitterly cold arctic air. Temperatures were expected to dip into the single digits along the Eastern Seaboard on Monday night. That doesn’t usually happen after March 1, which is sometimes referred to as the start of “meteorological spring.”

If the forecast holds, it would be only the third single-digit day after March 1 in the recorded history of the nation’s capital — and the previous two were in 1872 and 1873, according to the National Weather Service.

Records were in danger elsewhere, too. In New Jersey, nearly 6 inches fell in some areas, which could make it the eighth snowiest winter in the last 120 years.

“It’s one of the more disruptive winters of the last several decades,” New Jersey state climatologist David Robinson said.

Federal workers are familiar with the routine. This was the fourth time this winter that the government has shut down because of weather — the most such closures since the back-to-back “Snowmaggeddon” storms of February 2010.

In downtown Washington, the roads were messy but passable, and the snow had stopped by early afternoon. The worst conditions came during what would have been morning rush hour, but traffic was all but nonexistent. Commuter trains were canceled, Amtrak was on a limited schedule, and while the Metro subway system stayed open, the massive parking garage at the Springfield, Va., station was nearly empty.

Jim Lee, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., noted that every decade in Washington, there are only 6 days with 6-plus inches of snow.

“We’ve had pretty close to two of them this year, already — and winter’s not over,” Lee said.

Tourists, who flock to the nation’s capital 365 days a year, were seeking out whatever activities they could find.

In the morning, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments inside a chamber packed with out-of-town visitors and legal wonks. By noon, crowds were growing at the National Air and Space Museum, the only Smithsonian institution that was open Monday. Among them were Russ Watters, 60, of St. Louis, and his 14-year-old son, Seth, who was touring Washington with his 8th-grade class.

“We’re trying to find stuff that’s open, so this is open,” Watters said. The group planned to stay on their bus and get drive-by lessons on the city’s monuments in the afternoon.

Government offices and schools were also closed throughout Delaware, parts of which got 6-plus inches.

Further south, there were more problems. The Richmond, Va., area got several inches of snow, and Virginia State Police troopers had responded to more than 800 traffic crashes across the state by 3 p.m. Monday. Police reported one fatal weather-related crash southeast of Richmond.

Governors declared states of emergency in Virginia and Tennessee, where there were hundreds of traffic crashes and tens of thousands of power outages.

More than 2,800 flights in the United States were canceled as of Monday afternoon, according to flight tracking site The bulk of the problems were at airports in Washington, New York and Philadelphia.

In Texas, hundreds of flights were canceled, officials called for energy conservation measures, and interstates were turned into parking lots extending for miles. North Texas took the brunt of the latest storm.

In suburban Falls Church, Va., dozens of pre-teen daredevils went sledding and snowboarding down a steep hill behind an elementary school. But Maya Luera, 11, was unhappy that the snow day would force the school system to tack another day onto the end of the year.

“I’m more of a summer person, so I’d rather have more free time in the summer than the winter,” she said.


Associated Press writers Brett Zongker in Washington; Matthew Barakat in Falls Church, Va.; Adrian Sainz and Sheila Burke in Memphis, Tenn.; Geoff Mulvihill in Haddonfield, N.J.; and Steve McMillan in Richmond, Va., contributed to this report.


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Navy finds missteps in deadly Ky. crash of Humvee

— A series of missteps led to a deadly Humvee accident last May at Kentucky’s Fort Knox, a Navy investigation concludes.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan H. Kaloust of Massapequa, N.Y., was partially ejected and killed during the training exercise, which was conducted under “blacked out” conditions. That means the vehicle’s headlights were off and the sailors participating in the exercise were wearing night goggles.

The Virginian-Pilot ( reported Saturday the incident prompted Naval Special Warfare Command to re-examine its safety requirements for Humvee training missions. The heavily redacted investigative report was obtained Friday by the Norfolk newspaper through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The report said the accident could have been prevented.

The Humvee was among three loaded with Navy SEALs from Virginia Beach during the training exercise along a remote gravel road.

The first two vehicles in the SEAL Team 2 training convoy made a hard left turn, blinding the third driver by the dust the Humvees kicked up. The driver of the third vehicle turned wide and the two right tires went off the gravel and onto the grass.

The driver didn’t know that the soft shoulder was about to slope hard away from the road.

Kaloust, who was positioned at the roof turret without wearing safety straps, was killed when the Humvee rolled. Other sailors who weren’t wearing seat belts were banged up but survived the wreck.

Among the report’s findings:

— Driving under blacked-out conditions was not included in the written training plan approved by command leadership. The technique is not listed as part of the tactical ground movement training program conducted at Fort Knox.

— The driver in the wrecked vehicle did not have the government-issued license required to operate Humvees. The license is issued after a six-hour course that includes classroom and hands-on training.

— The unit had not been trained how to respond to a rollover.

— An armored vehicle driven by SEALs rolled at roughly the same location prior to the May incident, and that information should have been made available.

— Under Naval Special Warfare policy, all nine inside the Humvee — including Kaloust — should have been belted in.

The Pilot said it’s unclear whether anyone was disciplined as a result of the crash.

Kaloust, 23, had graduated from basic SEAL training a few months earlier and based at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Fort Story. He was preparing for his first deployment.

The U.S. Navy has used the 170-square-mile Fort Knox as a training ground since World War II. The Army post is about 50 miles southwest of Louisville and is home to about 14,000 military personnel, including active duty members and reserves.

Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,