Luray man charged with DUI after head-on crash on Rt. 340

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PAGE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — UPDATE (March 5, 2019):

Police say a crash that shut down Route 340 in Page County for several hours on Monday was caused by a driver under the influence.

According to Virginia State Police Senior Trooper C.S. Kline, the crash happened at 4:55 p.m. on March 4 a tenth of a mile north of Route 685.

Police say 38-year-old Chad B. Seal, of Luray, was heading north on Rt. 340 in a 2004 Mazda 3 when he crossed the center line and hit a southbound 2012 Toyota Scion head-on.

The Scion was being driven by 51-year-old Saunie L. Dearing, of Elkton. She was seriously injured in the crash and flown to UVA Medical Center for treatment.

Seal, who was uninjured, was arrested for driving under the influence.

Police say both drivers were wearing their seat belts. The crash remains under investigation.


UPDATE (6:35 p.m.):

All lanes of Route 340 are open again near Newport Road in Page County after a two-vehicle crash that closed the highway for several hours.

Two drivers were injured, including one who was airlifted to UVA Medical Center.

No further information has been provided by police.


All lanes of Route 340 are shut down in Page County on Monday evening due to a crash.

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, all northbound and southbound lanes of Rt. 240 are closed near the intersection with Newport Road (Rt. 685) between Shenandoah and Stanley.

That's right near Page County High School, which is being used to stage first responders.

According to a WHSV reporter on scene, two vehicles were involved and two people were injured.

One was airlifted to UVA Medical Center.

The crash remains under investigation. It's unclear when the scene will be cleared. No further information on the crash was available from police.