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Two Injured After Woman Drives Minivan Off Interstate in VA

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Lilly Lentz1 year ago

According to News Leader, a woman ran her minivan off of the road, injuring two people.

News Leader and the Interstate Accident

According to Virginia State Police, Marlene Jackson, 53, of Troutdale, ran her 2006 Kia minivan off of Interstate 81 and struck two contractors, leaving them both injured. One man is fighting for his life, while the other suffers with minor injuries. Jackson has been charged with reckless driving.

According to the police investigation, Jackson’s vehicle veered off the left side of Interstate 81 at mile marker 213. Upon running off the road, the minivan struck a guardrail, crossed the southbound lanes, and then ran off the right side of the road. After the vehicle ran off the right side of the road, it struck a cement bridge guardrail.

The two construction workers that were injured were contracted by the Virginia Department of Transportation. They were contracted to paint the I-81 bridge that spans U.S. 11 where the accident occurred. Sandy Myers, a VDOT spokesperson for the Staunton District, stated that the men were contract workers from KVK Contracting Inc. out of Tarpon Springs, Florida. The two workers were on the bridge at the time the minivan struck the cement bridge guardrail.

According to a press release from the state police, both of the construction workers jumped onto the guardrail. One of the men was grazed by the Kia’s bumper, while the other man fell 15-feet over the guardrail to a grassy embankment.

State police state the worker who fell, a 49-year-old man from New Jersey, was airlifted to the UVA Medical Center, having had sustained life-threatening injuries.

Virginia State Police Trooper J.S. Martin responded to the incident at 6:55 in the morning last Thursday. Employees at KVK were contacted three hours after the accident occurred. They stated that they were notified of the accident; however, no details were given, nor were they aware of the man’s condition.

Virginia State Police continue to investigate the crash.

Crash Injuries Statistics in Virginia

According to Virginia Highway Safety Office:

  • 65,029 persons were injured in auto accidents in Virginia in 2013, with 48,534 being drivers, 14,777 being passengers, and 1,718 being pedestrians.
  • 125,8000 crashes occurred, with 711 being fatal, 42,957 being injury crashes, and 82,132 being property damage crashes.
  • Of the crashes that occurred in 2015, 6,904 were females between the ages of 51-55.
Construction Zone Crash Injuries

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation-Federal Highway Administration:

  • There were 87,606 crashes in work zones in 2010. This is 1.6% of the total number of roadway crashes (5,419,345) in 2010.
  • In 2010 work zone crashes, 0.6% were fatal crashes, 30% were injury crashes, and 69% were property damage only crashes.
  • There were 37,476 injuries in work zones in 2010. This equates to one work zone injury every 14 minutes (over 102 per day), or about four people injured every hour.
  • More than 20,000 workers are injured in road construction work zones each year. 
  • Between 2003 and 2008, these road construction injuries were caused by contact with objects or equipment (35%), slips, trips, or falls (20%), overexertion (15%), transportation incidents (12%), and exposure to harmful substances or environments (5%).


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