Crash on 'Most Dangerous Roadway'

By: Philip Stewart Email
By: Philip Stewart Email

February 21, 2007

Authorities say Route 250 is the area's most dangerous road. And Wednesday night, just hours after police explained why the road is so dangerous, an accident along 250 left one woman seriously injured.

Wednesday night's accident was just one of many that happen every year along Route 250. Police say most are caused by drivers going too fast.

"It's certainly one of the fastest roads in Charlottesville," said Andrew Barros, of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad. "It carries a lot of people on it and has a lot of bad accidents."

Last year more than 140 wrecks happened on 250, many left drivers and passengers seriously injured. In 2005, four people were killed in just two months.

"The majority of our fatalities have occurred on the 250 bypass," explained Lt. Gary Pleasants, of the Charlottesville Police Department. "We have cars run into other cars, roll over on their tops and telephone poles cut in half."

Wednesday night's accident sent one woman to the hospital.

Police say around 7:30pm, the driver an SUV lost control as she got onto 250 from the North Grounds Connector. The vehicle flipped several times, crossed into oncoming lanes of traffic. The driver thrown from the vehicle.

"She was in the road when the officers responded," said Sgt. Jim Lark in, of the Albemarle County Police Department.

Police say the woman is expected to live, but Wednesday's crash was the newest statistic in a long list of crashes along Route 250.

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