UPDATE: Four killed in multi-vehicle collision

Published 7:24 pm Friday, October 18, 2019


Eastbound and westbound lanes of U.S. Route 58 (Southampton Parkway) closed from shortly after 11:30 a.m. to around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, due to a multi-vehicle accident that resulted in four fatalities.

The Southampton County Sheriff’s Office worked the scene with the assistance of the Virginia State Police. The accident occurred at approximately 7:45 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 58 between Popes Station Road and Bryants Church Road (not Buckhorn Quarter Road, as was previously reported) near Capron.

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s 511 Virginia traffic conditions website, the eastbound and westbound lanes of U.S. 58 were closed between Popes Station Road and Bryants Church Road. Maj. Gene Drewery, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, confirmed that the highway would remain closed until the Sheriff’s Office has completed its investigation of the crash.

According to Drewery, the accident occurred when a passenger car rear-ended a stopped tractor-trailer, resulting in the deaths of the driver and three passengers in the car.

The tractor-trailer had reportedly been stopped in the left lane behind another tractor-trailer, which had been stopped for a school bus loading students at a regular stop. The school bus was not involved in the crash, Drewery said.

The victims have been identified, Drewery said on Friday, but not yet been released, pending notification of next of kin.

In addition to the Sheriff’s Office and State Police, also working the scene are Capron Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Drewryville Volunteer Fire, Courtland Volunteer Fire, the Courtland Volunteer Rescue Squad, the Virginia Department of Transportation and Southampton Towing.

The Tidewater News will provide updates as more details are learned.