A 57-year-old Gulf Power Co. employee from Florida was killed last week as the result of a Virginia Truck Accident that also injured her co-worker as they were restoring power to the storm-ravaged region. According to an article from the Pensacola News Journal, the crash happened on last Tuesday at approximately 7:20 p.m. on Route 7 near Bluemont, Virginia.
Loudon County Sheriff’s Department officials stated that witnesses say the worker seemed to be experiencing problems with her brakes as she drove southbound on the highway near Blueridge Mountain Road. As the vehicle built up speed, the driver swerved around other vehicles in her convoy until reaching the intersection with Harry Byrd Highway, where she collided with an eastbound tractor-trailer. The impact of the collision then forced the tractor-trailer to skid across the highway and hit a pickup truck carrying two occupants.
The power company employee driving the truck died at the scene. Her 21-year-old passenger survived the accident and was taken to a local hospital to receive treatment. The two passengers in the pickup, as well as the driver of the tractor-trailer, suffered minor injuries. They were transported to local medical facilities to be examined further.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm would like to send the condolences to the family of the worker who died and would like to wish all who were injured a speedy and full recovery.