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With August’s dog days upon us, be extra careful on road

August 3, 2009 by · Comments Off on With August’s dog days upon us, be extra careful on road 

I RECEIVED a call several days ago notifying me that my father had been in a serious motorcycle accident near his home in Montana. Apparently, the unusually warm 97-degree day had gotten to him and he suffered heat exhaustion and passed out. He went off the road and down a ravine, most of the way on his belly.

My father was luckier than most. He suffered a mere few broken ribs, road rash and a badly bruised face. The first responding officer on the scene told him that he had just left the scene of a similar bike accident where the driver hadn’t made it.

The western United States is experiencing record-breaking heat, and motorists there are being taken by surprise. But we in Virginia are approaching the hottest time of year as well, and commuters would be wise to prepare accordingly.

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Five injured in Deerfield accident

May 31, 2009 by · Comments Off on Five injured in Deerfield accident 

Five people were injured, at least two of them seriously, in a multi-vehicle accident near Deerfield Saturday afternoon, according to the Virginia State Police.

Trooper Timothy Simmons said a 1997 Toyota Tacoma driven by Sean Stanton, 33, of Monterey, was driving on Route 250 westbound Saturday around 2 p.m. when he came into a curve, ran off the right side of the road, and while overcorrecting his vehicle, collided into three motorcycles heading eastbound.

Doug Morris, fire chief of the Deerfield Valley Volunteer Fire Department, which along with Virginia State Police responded to the incident, said the accident took place about 1.5 miles beyond the intersection of Route 629 not far from Shenandoah Mountain near the Highland County-Augusta County line.

The lead motorcycle in the group had a male driver and a female passenger, and the two motorcycles following that one were driven by females, Simmons said.

“They all were injured and a couple of them had serious injuries,” Simmons said.

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Pavement buckling on I-64 causes delays

June 10, 2008 by · Comments Off on Pavement buckling on I-64 causes delays 

NORFOLK, Va. – Record-breaking heat bathing the region is impacting more than people on the streets–state police say it’s now responsible for snarling traffic in already congested Hampton Roads.

Traffic along part of Interstate 64, in Norfolk, was closed for several hours Tuesday after authorities say 90-degree heat caused the road to buckle and caused a motorcycle accident.

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