Update: Two fatal wrecks blamed on winter weather
By Kitsey E. Burns Staff Reporter
A 68-year-old Elkin woman was pronouced dead at the scene in single-vehicle accident that occured Tuesday at 1:18 p.m. on Poplar Springs Road in Elkin.
The driver of 2002 Chevrolet pickup, Angela C. Blackburn, 44, of Elkin, also was transported to Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, but did not sustain any life-threatening injuries, according to John Shelton, director of Surry County Emergency Services.
The victim has been identified by North Carolina Highway Patrol in a press release as Jean Shortt Conley of 344 L and L Road, Elkin, and Shelton said she was partially thrown from the vehicle.
Trooper E. Cox of the North Carolina Highway Patrol reported that the truck was headed southbound on Poplar Springs Road, lost control in the curve near the intersection with Timberbrook Trail where it ran off the embankment and hit a tree.
The crash was related to poor driving conditions due to the snow that fell steadily in Surry County for most of the day on Tuesday, Shelton reported.
According to the Highway Patrol release, “based on preliminary investigation, it appears that the passenger was not wearing a seatbelt and weather was the contributing factor for the collision. Alcohol was not a factor. Charges are pending in this case.”
Shelton said there were at least 30 additional weather-related accidents in the county, including another fatal accident in on Riverside Drive, Mount Airy.
In the Mount Airy incident, which also was reported about 1:15 p.m. Tueday, two vehicles collided on N.C. 104/Riverside Drive, two miles north of Mount Airy.
The Highway Patrol news release reported, “A preliminary investigation revealed that a 2006 Dodge minivan, driven by Jamie C. Sutton, 37, of Meadows of Dan, Va., was traveling on N.C. 104. The vehicle lost control in a curve and crossed the center line, striking a 1991 Toyota pick-up truck, driven by Robert J. Woodson, 32, of Mount Airy.”
The front right passenter in the minivan, Joyce M. McDaniel, 37, of Meadows of Dan, was killed in the wreck.
The Highway Patrol reported that weather appeared to be “the contributing factor for the collision. Alcohol was not a factor. Charges are pending in this case.”
Kitsey Burns may be reached at 336-679-2314 or on Twitter @ripplereporterk.
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