Accidents/Fires/Floods

Taxi crashes into Sperryville house

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Authorities say no one was seriously injured when the driver of a taxicab apparently fell asleep and crashed his vehicle into a house at about 10 p.m. Monday night.
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An update and invitation to Nepal trip fundraiser

On a visit to the Nepalese village of Kalche several years ago, Surja Tamang and wife Medge Carter flank Surja’s mother, Ama.

An update on Medge Carter's husband Surja Tamang's family in Nepal, and an invitation to a fundraiser to help son Amrit do some good when he travels to the hard-hit Nuwakot District later in May.
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Viewtown couple awaits word on family in Nepal

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April 30
On a visit to the Nepalese village of Kalche several years ago, Surja Tamang and wife Medge Carter flank Surja’s mother, Ama.

Viewtown residents Surja Tamang and Medge Carter were still waiting Wednesday for a definitive word from Surja’s elderly parents and other family in Nepal after Saturday’s devastating earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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Letter: Crash landing and land crashing

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April 30

My daughter Ellen and her husband arrived in Kathmandu March 4 on the Turkish Airline flight that skidded off the runway and cracked up on landing. Miraculously, nobody was hurt. They then saw a lot of old friends, and Ellen continued her ongoing research documenting the life histories of some of the old Newar...
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Letter: ‘Awed and humbled by your generosity’

Photo by Matthew Black

On March 2, our home on Slate Mills Road was totally destroyed by fire. We want to thank all the fire companies and fire company personnel as well as the rescue squad folks who came to our aid. I would name them all, but won’t lest I leave someone out. You did an amazing...
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Empty house destroyed

Photo courtesy of RCSO

A damper on the library

Photo by Vickie Miller

I-66 east reopened

The tractor-trailer crash that closed Interstate 66 eastbound at mile marker 38 has been cleared, VDOT reported 10:45 a.m.
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Up in flames

Photo by Matthew Black

Saved by a seatbelt

Sheriff at accident U.S. 211 near Massies Corner.

Driver crashes into house after midmorning chase

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Dec. 18, 2014
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Police chased a man in a pickup truck this morning from Flint Hill into the center of the county's commercial area, where the driver veered across the median, crossed two more lanes and continued across a lawn and straight into a house.
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Thanksgiving crash

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Crashed-cab driver pleads guilty to eluding

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Nov. 27, 2014
The cab driven by Allante Strother after it was towed from the accident scene in December 2013.

Last December, 24-year-old Allante Tobias Strother of Culpeper crashed a taxicab after he was chased at high speed by a deputy. This December he'll be in jail awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to felony eluding of a police officer.
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Not the greatest travel day

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Nov. 27, 2014
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News briefs for Nov. 6

Sheriff’s Office asks landowners to call first before burning brush or debris; two hospices merge; the number of turkeys raised in Virginia is up this year.
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Tanker crash closes down 522

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Oct. 30, 2014
The region's emergency management chief inspects the spill of an overturned tanker Monday morning on U.S. 522 in Boston.

Police are investigating the cause of a tractor-trailer crash and spill early Monday morning that closed both lanes of Sperryville Pike (U.S. 522) in Boston for about six hours.
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522 reopens after early morning tanker crash

After a tanker crashed on U.S. 522, steam rises from a spilled asphalt compound in the Boston area of Rappahannock Monday morning.

Authorities reopened U.S. 522 in the Boston area of Rappahannock County at about noon today, after a tanker overturned early this morning, causing a spill of emulsified asphalt and closing the two-lane highway between Sperryville and Culpeper for close to six hours.
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Culpeper man charged in four-car crash

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Oct. 16, 2014
Police said a pickup truck rear-ended a PT Cruiser heading north on U.S. 522 Saturday afternoon in Scrabble, driving it into the path of a southbound GMC Yukon, which ended up in the brush.

A 40-year-old Culpeper man faces DUI and hit-and-run charges after police said he caused and then fled a four-vehicle wreck on U.S. 522 in Scrabble on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 11).
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Letter: Preventable tragedies

I was shocked, disheartened and deeply saddened to read about the circumstances surrounding Richard  Brown’s tragic death, as reported in last week’s edition of the Rappahannock News. If there had been adequate cell phone service, he most likely would be alive today. This 68-year-old man, a victim of a weed-eater accident, bled profusely while...
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Sperryville man dies after weed-eater accident

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The Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office and the state medical examiner are still investigating the death of a 66-year-old Sperryville man just before noon Saturday, the result of an apparent accident with a weedeater equipped with a blade.
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Photo: Crossed paths

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Aug. 29, 2014
By Roger Piantadosi/Rappahannock News

Three people were treated at Fauquier Hospital, none for serious or life-threatening injuries, after this three-car crash just before 10 a.m. Friday on U.S. 211 near Washington.
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Photos: Pickups collide

Courtesy of Sperryville Volunteer Fire Company

Mower-truck crash victim flown to U.Va. hospital

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July 10, 2014

A pickup truck driven collided with a zero-turn mower operated by Floyd Grigsby on Long Mountain Road near Ridge View Tuesday afternoon, after which the victim was flown by medical helicopter to University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.
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F.T. Valley Road closed at Madison line

A single-vehicle crash has closed Route 231 (South F.T. Valley Road) in Madison County near the Rappahannock County line, according to VDOT.
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8 die in Virginia crashes during holiday weekend

Eight people lost their lives in eight traffic crashes across the state, according to preliminary reports for the 2014 Memorial Day weekend — one fewer than the number of traffic fatalities statewide last Memorial Day weekend.
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Closed by tanker accident, westbound I-66 likely reopening at 2 p.m.

The westbound lanes of Interstate 66 in Warren County will likely remain closed until 12:30 p.m. or later, following an early-morning accident involving a gasoline tanker at mile marker 11.
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Photo: Up in flames

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May 1, 2014
Photo by Roger Piantadosi

Letter: A heartfelt thank you to every fire company

Just after 3 a.m. last Saturday morning, my wife woke me with the news, “YOUR SHOP’S ON FIRE!” Within 30 minutes of a call to 911, dozens of dedicated volunteers, roused from a sound sleep, were on the scene, doing all they could to help suppress the fire. Their organization and quiet efficiency was obvious,...
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Fire and rescue calls for May 1

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May 1, 2014

Monday, April 21 10:41 a.m. — Hackleys Mill Road, Amissville, public service, company 2 10:37 p.m. — Culpeper County, mutual aid, company 5 Tuesday, April 22 3:20 p.m. — River Lane, Sperryville, alarm activation, companies 2, 7 and 1 9:38 p.m. — Zachary Taylor Highway, Huntly, motor vehicle accident Wednesday, April 23 7:10 p.m....
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Photo: Race car?

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April 24, 2014
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Weather forecast shows increased wildfire risk

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April 22, 2014
Firefighters use blowers to etch a fire line in the smoky woods near Midnight Lane in Woodville Monday afternoon. Photo by Roger L. Foster.

Officials with the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) have advised that upcoming weather patterns increase the risk of wildfire across Virginia.
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Photo: Pitching in

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April 17, 2014
Photo by Francie Schroeder

Photo: Crash on Sunday

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March 3, 2014
By Roger Piantadosi/Rappahannock News

Faulty furnace, but no fire

Photo by Shawn Walters

Brief chase ends in Viewtown wreck

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Dec. 19, 2013
The car, driven by Allante Strother, after it was towed away last week.

A Culpeper man remained hospitalized Wednesday with serious injuries sustained when the car he was driving — while trying to elude a deputy — flipped over, hit a tree and slid down an embankment.
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Fatal motorcycle accident involves Sperryville man

As of Wednesday afternoon, Culpeper police had neither charged nor identified the 84-year-old Sperryville man who allegedly pulled into the path of a motorcycle last Thursday (Aug. 29), causing it to fishtail and killing its driver, James Morrison.
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Lightning strikes twice

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July 25, 2013
Firefighters aim high to knock down the fire in Peola Mills Sunday. Photo by Kathy Krometis.

Two Rappahannock County homes were struck by lightning and damaged by ensuing four- to six-alarm fires within an hour of each other by thunderstorms that passed through the region Sunday afternoon (July 21).
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In Sperryville, it’s deja vu all over again

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Jan. 19, 2013
REC's traffic cones are crushed by another non-sign-reader. Photo by E. Raymond Boc.

Another errant 18-wheeler takes out the guardrail and damages a utility pole on the sharp turn at the intersection of Main Street and U.S. 211 in Sperryville.
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Photo: Overturned tanker

Photo: Overturned tanker

Amissville Volunteer Fire and Rescue’s 2002 Freightliner tanker is towed from the scene of an early-morning accident Nov. 8 on Viewtown Road at U.S. 211, where the vehicle slid into a ditch and tipped over after the driver lost control during a left turn from Lee Highway en route to a chimney fire in...
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Out-of-control car plows into bikers; one dies

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Nov. 15, 2012
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Virginia State Police are still investigating the accident on U.S. 211 just after 1 p.m. Sunday near Sperryville that took the life of a West Virginia man and sent at least six others to the hospital.
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