Drewryville woman blames sun for crash

Published 11:49 am Friday, October 8, 2010

Virginia State Police Trooper E.N. Stallard sweeps up debris after a crash at Route 58 and Business 58 outside Courtland this morning. No one was hurt in the crash. -- Gwen Albers | Tidewater News

COURTLAND-An 82-year-old Drewryville woman blamed the blinding sun for driving her compact car into the path of a box truck this morning, Virginia State Police said.

Virginia Applewhite and a passenger in her car, who was only identified as Applewhite’s daughter, were not hurt in the crash, Trooper E.N. Stallard said.

The driver of the truck, Robert Parker, 40, of Franklin, also was not hurt. Parker was driving for Virginia Peanuts in Courtland.

Applewhite was eastbound on Route 58 at about 7:30 a.m. and was attempting to turn left onto Business 58, or Camp Parkway, Stallard said.

“The sun had blinded her and she didn’t see the westbound vehicle (the truck),” he said.

Stallard didn’t know how fast Parker was driving because he still needed to interview him. The speed limit on that portion of Route 58 is 60 mph.