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Update: Route 29 Back Open Following Morning Crash

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Update: 6:16 p.m.

 

When Trooper William Davis arrived on the scene shortly after 7 AM, he immediately feared the worst.

"My initial reaction was, this is going to be a fatal. There's no way anyone could survive this crash, " Davis said, but to his relief, driver Tiffany Dew and her child were not injured.

Davis says Dew ran up on the curb and struck a vehicle in the Cars Plus lot, before hitting a utility pole and knocking out power in the area.

Silas Baldwin, a salesman at Cars Plus, who says he knew something terrible had happened when he arrived at work a short time after and saw the property damage.

"It apparently had a great impact, " Baldwin said.

He started wondering, what could have caused something like this?

"Someone fell asleep or probably was drunk, " Baldwin said, but Trooper Davis says it was actually something he sees all too often.

"She reached over to check her phone and completely took her eyes off the road, " Davis said. 

Davis just shot a Public Service Announcement last week about the dangers cell phones can create for drivers.

According to court records, Dew has been ticketed several times, in Danville and in Pittsylvania County for speeding, as well as other charges.

Davis says, he hopes she will start taking more precautions, and that others will learn a valuable lesson as well.

"People always think, it can't happen to me. That just happens to other people. It can happen to you, " Davis said. 

Dew is charged with reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.

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Update:  8:40 a.m.

Pittsylvania Co., VA - State Police say a 25-year-old woman and her 8-year-old son are okay after their vehicle flipped Monday morning.

Investigators on the scene say Tiffany Dew, of Blairs, was reaching for her cell phone when she lost control on Route 29 business a little after 7 a.m. Monday.

They say she hit a vehicle in a car dealership parking lot before hitting a power pole.  Her vehicle then overturned.

Dew and her son were treated and released at the scene.  Both were wearing their seatbelts.

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Update:  8:20 a.m.

Pittsylvania Co., VA - Route 20 business in Pittsylvania County is back open following a Monday morning crash.

An ABC-13 videojournalist says a vehicle hit a utility pole and overturned.  The pole was knocked over.

We are trying to get more information from State Police about possible injuries and what caused the crash.

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Pittsylvania Co., VA - V-DOT is reporting an accident on Route 29 business in Pittsylvania County, just outside of Danville.

All lanes are closed near Greenwood Dr.  That's close to the American Armoured Foundation Tank Museum.

We will bring you more information as we get it.

 

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