Truck towing vehicle crashes on Route 58

Published 8:23 am Friday, November 26, 2010

Below, a Chevrolet pickup is towed away after a crash on U.S. 58 Wednesday. The driver was towing a Chevrolet Suburban, when he lost control of his pickup. In photo above, the Chevrolet Surburban is hauled away.-- Nicholas Langhorne | Tidewater News

COURTLAND—There were only two minor injuries in separate crashes on U.S. Route 58 between Franklin and Courtland Wednesday.

In the first crash, driver Frank Oxendine of North Carolina was towing a disabled sport utility vehicle with his westbound pickup at about 1:15 p.m. near New Market Road, said Virginia State Police Trooper S.W. Johnson.

Oxendine changed lanes and lost control of his 2004 Chevrolet, which left the road and rolled, Johnson said. Oxendine and a passenger were hurt, but did not need medical treatment.

Oxendine, who was legally towing the Chevrolet Suburban with a dolly, was cited for reckless driving, police said.

The second crash occurred when a 1994 Honda Civic driven by Ashley Smith of North Carolina slowed because of traffic backed up from the first crash, Trooper J.W. Carr said. A 2010 Toyota Tacoma driven by Robert Church, 21, of North Carolina rear-ended Smith’s vehicle.

Church was cited for following too closely.

There were no injuries in the second crash.