Top 3 Headlines on WHSV.com September 6

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NEW DETAILS: Deadly Crash on Interstate 81

HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV) -- A Harrisonburg woman is dead after a crash on Interstate 81 at mile marker 245, Harrisonburg's Fire Dept. Chief confirms.

Maria B. Simonov-Romero, 20, of Harrisonburg died in the crash. Simonov-Romero was driving a 2000 Nissan SUV south, crossed over the median, went airborne, entered the northbound lanes and hit a tractor trailer.

It's still unknown why she crossed over the median. State police say the driver of the tractor trailer did not suffer any injuries and was not taken to the hospital.

The crash happened at about 6:40 a.m. It closed all lanes of the interstate in both directions. As of 12:45 p.m both northbound lanes are open and only one lane is open southbound. By 8:20 a.m. one lane was open in both directions.

"The SUV is completely consumed. The cab of the tractor trailer is pretty well consumed. Both vehicles are totaled. The trailer appears to have some minor damage. The trailer will probably be salvageable, but the other two motor vehicles probably will not be," said Chief Larry Shifflett with the Harrisonburg Fire Department.

Smoke was visible from the traffic camera.

Moments after the initial crash, two other tractor trailers in the northbound lanes collided while trying to avoid the crash. There were no injuries in this crash.

 

 

Aspen Heights Tightens its Security

Reporter: David Coy

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY -- One student housing complex is tightening up its security and the company behind it said its in response to the recent complaints it received from neighbors.

Aspen Heights has added several new polices regarding security and they all went into effect Thursday.

People who live in Aspen Heights are upset because of this new security policy. One change means people are only allowed to register two guests per night and they must wear an arm band.

"When I signed my lease I wasn't told I could only have two guests in my house and the property. I was allowed to have up to 20 people in my house," said Aspen Heights resident Rob Saltser.

"It's just really inconvenient for us especially since we are only limited to two people, per resident. If we want family for friends to visit it's very difficult," said Aspen Heights resident Annie Bacordo.

Stuart Watkins is the Public Relations Director for Aspen Heights. He said family members are different. "There are exceptions, if a resident has two guests that are already on the property and members of their family also want to be admitted onto the property, that is allowed," said Watkins.

Another new policy is that security guards will be at every entrance. When a person comes home, they have to check in.

"The guards aren't that bad, they are kind of nice about it but it sucks I should be able to come and go as I please," said Aspen Heights resident Alec Chamberlain.

Another policy change is that the Harrisonburg bus is only allowed to come onto the property Monday - Friday 7 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.

On the weekends the bus will drop off people a block away.

"We were having hundreds of guests arriving to the property on these buses and then visiting the property on Friday and Saturday night," said Watkins.

Some people feel the policy change is good but have issues with it.

"I think it is a little much in my opinion but I mean they definitely needed to change something but I think they are going a little too far," said Aspen Heights resident Kelsey Bryzek.

Aspen Heights said if anyone has a problem with the new policy or needs clarification, they need to contact the office.

Waynesboro Man Arrested After Car and Foot Chase

WAYNESBORO -- A Buckingham County man was arrested Friday morning after a vehicle pursuit which resulted in a car crash and ended in a foot chase.

Waynesboro Police say that Jason Todd Cash, 39 years old, is currently being treated at Augusta Health for serious injuries after he crashed the stolen 1989 Chevrolet S10 pick-up he was driving while evading an officer who tried to stop him at this morning on E Main St.

He then fled on foot but was located about 400 yards away from where he crashed. Cash is also wanted on numerous charges out of Buckingham County.

The crash and investigation are continuing at this time.

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