Top Headlines Feb. 18

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

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Interstate 81 Reopens After Early Morning Crash

HARRISONBURG-- A tractor trailer driver from South Carolina was taken to Rockingham County jail on Monday morning after he narrowly avoided hitting a fire fighter on I-81.

Around 3:00 a.m., State police officers said they were responding to an accident near mile marker 247 involving two cars. They called in members of the Harrisonburg Fire Department for help, and a tractor trailer almost hit one of them. The fire fighter jumped onto the engine to avoid the truck.

The crashes shutdown I-81 North for a time, but the accident was cleared just after 6:30 a.m.

The driver of the tractor trailer ran into a guardrail and was taken to Rockingham County jail. He's been charged with reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, and property damage.

No one was hurt. 

Neighbors Near Fatal Crash Site Call Road Dangerous

Neighbors, who live nearby the bridge on Route 608 in Stuarts Draft, are concerned about the safety of the road. they said the road is dangerous due to heavy traffic and speeding.

Tom Miller lives in the house next to a bridge where one woman died on Saturday and another woman died several years ago.

He said it's a very narrow bridge and can be dangerous if there is bad weather.

"With two cars on that bridge, there's not a lot of room for error, so if you're sliding or anything like that, you're gonna be in trouble," said Miller.

He said the bridge is not the only problem.

"This stretch of road in front of our house seems to be a very dangerous stretch."

According to Miller, hearing about a crash on the road in front of his home is not uncommon.

"We have lived here for seven years and there have been at least four or five accidents right in front of our house or within 100 yards from our house."

He said many wrecks have come as close as his front yard.

"One person has flipped straight into the ditch and come straight into our road other people have had an accident very close to our house and asked us to park in our driveway while they took care of matters."

He said the problems come from people driving faster than 45 mph, which is the speed limit on the road. Miller said people only slow down when they get closer to the stop lights.

"You always have to pay attention and watch people in front of you. I always put my turn signal ahead of time so I don't get rear ended coming in my driveway."

He said some wrecks could be prevented if the speed limit before the bridge was reduced to 35 mph.

Police ID Stuarts Draft Fatal Crash Victim

Virginia State Police has released the name of the woman who died as a result of a head-on collision on Saturday.

According to VSP, Tina Louise Schrenk, 34, was killed when her car was hit by a SUV on Route 608 near the Hollister plant.

Three others were taken to Augusta Health for medical attention.

Trooper Troy Johnson said the 16-year-old girl driving the SUV told police she had lost control of the vehicle because of icy conditions on the bridge.

Johnson said the charges for the driver are still pending and the crash remains under investigation.

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