State Police and Worker Discuss Monday's Tractor Trailer Crash

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

PAGE COUNTY, Va. -- Danica Strate works for Painter's Garage, which is a company that cleans up after major accidents. She was still cleaning up Wednesday after a truck drove over the guard rail and into the mountain on Monday night. The crash happened on Rt. 211 near the county line between Page and Shenandoah Counties.

"It's definitely the worst that I've seen," said Strate.

Strate said the truck was carrying more than 30,000 pounds of glass when it crashed and that's what they were still cleaning on Wednesday.

"It's just a bunch of glass that we're trying push down to the bottom of the mountain and get before it goes into the creeks and stuff like that. They're cutting some trees down and making some room so we can get a skid loader down there to get what else is left."

Strate said it has been a long process to remove the truck piece by piece after this crash, but she said it's not the first time a truck has crashed at this location.

"I don't know if the load's too heavy, once they hit that curve. If they're going a little bit too fast, they might just flip over. I'm not really sure what it is, maybe unfamiliar with the area, but it is quite a few accidents that do happen at this location."

Sgt. Calvin Faudree with Virginia State Police said speed was likely a factor in the crash. There's a sharp curve in the road where the truck went over the embankment, so he said cars and trucks need to slow down.

"Just obey the speed limit due to a lower shift in the curve at a higher rate of speed. Most of the crashes that have occurred have been due to speed as a factor," said Sgt. Faudree.

Speeding is something workers, like Strate, have noticed on this road too.

"Slow down, especially if you don't know the roads," said Strate.

She said the curvy roads on the mountain make a dangerous drive for everyone.

The truck driver was sent to Winchester Medical Center with serious injuries Monday night. Police say charges are still pending for that crash.

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