Collision

A unit 10 Scruggs Volunteer Fire and Rescue vehicle is shown after it collided with another vehicle around 7 p.m. today between the areas of Westlake Corner and Union Hall.

Updated information provided:

New information was released today concerning a two vehicle accident Friday involving a unit 10 Scruggs Volunteer Fire and Rescue vehicle between the areas of Westlake Corner and Union Hall.

The following information comes from the Virginia State Police unless otherwise noted.

According to the Virginia State Police accident report, the crash occurred at approximately 7:19 p.m. on Mallard Point Road Route (665) less than a mile from Burnt Chimney Road (Route 670).

The at-fault vehicle was a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee registered in Virginia. It was disabled and towed as a result of the accident and sustained approximately $4,500 worth of damage to it. The speed of that vehicle prior to the crash was 25 miles per hour.

The individual driving the vehicle was not transported to the hospital, but the driver of the 2005 Ford F-350 rescue squad vehicle was transported to the hospital as a result of injuries. The extent of injuries was not disclosed.

The rescue squad vehicle also was disabled and towed and sustained approximately $4,500 worth of damage.

According to police, the speed of that vehicle prior to impact was 45 miles per hour in a 55 mile-per-hour speed zone. However, the Smith Mountain Eagle observed a 35 mile-per-hour speed limit sign posted on Mallard Point Road when coming from Burnt Chimney Road but saw no speed limit sign when traveling toward Burnt Chimney Road.

According to the Virginia State Police, the Jeep Grand Cherokee crossed the center line in an attempt to pull over on the left side of the road to check a mailbox. Meanwhile, the rescue squad vehicle was going straight.

Records state that there was no improper action on behalf of the rescue vehicle, and the investigation ruled out any contributing defects, obscured driver vision, distractions or alcohol use.

It was raining, there was a level curve, and there was limited sight distance, however.

The police reported that both vehicles had skidding or tire marks after the application of breaks, and the collision was listed as an angle at the driver side of both vehicles.

How both vehicles ended up on the other side of the road after the initial point of impact was not reported.

Previous article:

A unit 10 Scruggs Volunteer Fire and Rescue vehicle was involved in two-vehicle collision around 7 p.m. Friday between the areas of Westlake Corner and Union Hall.

The incident occurred on Mallard Point Road and involved at least one possible injury. 

The call that came in reported the incident as a head-on collision, but the Virginia State Police said Monday that it was more of an offset collision, or corner to corner. It was determined that the driver of the Scruggs Volunteer Fire and Rescue vehicle was not at fault. The vehicle also was not responding to a call at the time of the accident.

After the accident, the fire and rescue vehicle appeared to have a flat tire and was facing the opposite lane while the other vehicle had damage to the front end and was seen with the driver side door removed from the vehicle.

One lane was blocked as a result of the incident. Units cleared the scene around 8:30 p.m.

Squad 10 of the Scruggs Volunteer Fire and Rescue responded as well as the sheriff’s office, local rescue squad, and Virginia State Police.

The condition and names of those involved is unknown, as well as the cause of the accident. The Virginia State Police stated that the investigation is still ongoing and no additional information will be provided until the investigation is completed.

This article will be updated when more information is available.

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