July 12, 2005
Scottsville Road in Albemarle County has reopened after a deadly three-car accident Tuesday morning.
The accident happened near the intersection of Scottsville Road and Pebble Road around 10 a.m. The wreckage was so bad, however, that crews did not finish clearing the roadway until Tuesday evening.
Police say a tractor-trailer heading southbound on Scottsville Rd. was hit head-on when a Honda mini-van crossed into the truck's lane. The third car, a Honda Accord, then rammed into the back of the truck.
The impact caused the tractor trailer to erupt into flames; smoke was visible all the way from the city.
Both the driver of the truck and the Honda Accord were able to get out safely. Those two drivers were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the van, 32-year-old John Stoltzfus of Albemarle County, was trapped inside until rescue workers were able to cut the roof off. He died at the scene. Police are looking into whether visibility may have been a factor.
"Certainly they're going to take a close look at the vehicles to determine there weren't any mechanical problems, they're going to take a look at the highway design and certainly that whole issue with visibility will also come into play," said Sgt. Peter Mainzer of the Albemarle County Police Department.
The tractor-trailer spilled about 100 to 150 gallons of fuel, but HAZMAT crews were able to keep most of the fuel from leaking into a nearby stream.