Accidents/Fires/Floods

Weather forecast shows increased wildfire risk

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: Crash on Sunday

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March 3
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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Letter: Hurricane help needed

Satellite image of Mantoloking, N.J. from Oct. 31 courtesy of NOAA.

Rappahannock County coordinators are collecting hurricane relief items in Sperryville and at the schools this week. Details in Ron Henslik's and Loren Swannick's letter.
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10 die in Virginia during Fourth weekend

From contributed reports Preliminary numbers provided by Virginia State Police indicate that 10 people died in nine crashes during the 2012 Fourth of July holiday weekend. In 2011, 14 people were killed in traffic crashes over a four-day holiday weekend. Despite the slight decrease in deaths from the previous Independence Day weekend, traffic deaths...
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The Washington column for July 12

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July 12, 2012
Washington Postmaster Yvonne Jarrell waits on a customer; after 24 years, she’s retiring from the U.S. Postal Service at the end of the month.

Washington's postmaster Yvonnel Jarrell is retiring; a house burns on Warren Avenue, a facelift for Trinity Episcopal and a Little Washington Winery picnic.
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Mop up continues on Neighbor Mountain Fire

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Crews are now focused on mop up around the entire perimeter of the Neighbor Mountain Fire within Shenandoah National Park in Page County, a fire estimated at 2,138 acres as of 4 p.m. Thursday, July 5.
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With power knocked out, volunteer power kicks in

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July 5, 2012
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Though surely neighbors aided neighbors throughout the huge swath of mid-Atlantic infrastructure that had its plug pulled Friday, the stories of what happened in Rappahannock County during and after the storm prove that coping is one of this county’s top local industries.
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Trees, powerlines are worst casualties

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July 5, 2012
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Friday’s storm started in the Midwest and took about 12 hours to reach and ravage Rappahannock County. Along the way, millions of people were left without power.
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Truck’s shortcut cuts power

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June 28, 2012

Detour signs forbidding commercial truck traffic from Sperryville’s Main Street while the U.S. 522 bridge is under construction were missed or ignored early Friday by a tractor trailer operator, whose failed, illegal right turn from Main Street onto eastbound U.S. 211 tied up traffic and turned off power to the village for about an...
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Editorial: Remembering Agnes

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June 28, 2012
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Rappahannock County derives its name, of course, from the eponymous river, whose headwaters arise within our jurisdictional borders. So we should take some stakeholder interest in what happens downstream, particularly to the Chesapeake Bay, into which the Rappahannock’s waters ultimately empty.
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Neighbor Mountain fire forces trail closures

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The Neighbor Mountain Fire in the north district of Shenandoah National Park has grown to approximately 200 acres. Firefighters are on the ground working to contain the fire. 
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Photo: Wreck on 211

Wednesday wreck on U.S. 211

An injured occupant of one of three cars involved in an accident Wednesday (June 20) on U.S. 211 at Gid Brown Hollow Road is carried into a Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue ambulance early Wednesday afternoon.
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Plane crashes, burns in Huntly; N.H. couple lives

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March 8, 2012
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A New Hampshire woman remains in critical condition after she and her husband apparently walked away from the crash of their single-engine plane in a pasture on a farm north of Flint Hill.
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‘Worst road’ almost claims another

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Feb. 2, 2012
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A tricky turn on Route 729 almost claimed another life last week.
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Two airlifted in 211 accident

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Sept. 19, 2011
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Two young men extracted by rescuers from a car with Maryland license plates were airlifted to area medical centers just after 6 p.m. Monday, where both were reported Tuesday to be in critical but stable condition in the facilities’ intensive care units. The driver of the car was identified by Virginia State Police Trooper...
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Washed out

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April 21, 2011
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Residents and visitors faced unexpected challenges traveling in Rappahannock County this past weekend as torrents of rain flooded roads, stranded travelers and carved new potholes and gullies.
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Photo: Change of plans

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April 21, 2011
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Robert Fountain (right), 18, says he swerved to avoid hitting a squirrel running across Sharp Rock Road and slid on loose gravel into a tree — yes, that tree — first thing Monday morning just south of Sperryville. Neither he nor passenger Justin Kim (left), 17, remembers seeing the tree fall. "It was like...
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Letter: Our sincere appreciation

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We would like to send special thanks to our coworkers and everyone else for their phone calls, cards, food and visits since the automobile accident. Sharon is recovering nicely and Brenda has quite a ways to go. We would like to thank the Inova Fairfax Hospital staff for all the special care given to...
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Photo: Wreck injures Rappahannock residents

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March 24, 2011
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The two Rappahannock sisters headed home from work in this Jeep were injured Monday afternoon when they collided with a truck at U.S. 211 and Route 688 near Orlean.
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Huntly man dies in 522 accident

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A Huntly man died Dec. 29 after a single-vehicle crash on U.S. 522 in northern Rappahannock County. Jerry Lee Gray Sr., 51, died of his injuries while being transported to a hospital in Warren County, according to Sgt. Les Tyler of the Virginia State Police. Statewide, on the extended Christmas and New Year’s holiday weekends before...
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The subject is water

The subject is water

Monday’s post-storm flood waters, which caused a slew of temporary closings throughout the county but no serious injuries, may have been great for kayaks, but were not good — never are — for cars and trucks. Experienced kayaker and Tyler Holtzman is shown shooting the rapids on the upper Thornton River, above Sperryville, on...
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