January 25, 2014
Police have identified the driver killed in a multi-car collision on Route 29 Friday night.
Covesville resident Phillip John Walker, 41, died in the wreck.
Police say Walker was driving north in the southbound lanes of Route 29 near Hears Mountain Road near Covesville around 8:30 p.m. Friday. Walker collided with a Ford Bronco head-on.
The driver of the Bronco was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center with serious injuries. There's no update on his condition.
After the initial collision, the Bronco sideswiped a Ford pickup truck. After that impact, a Silverado traveling behind the cars T-boned the Bronco.
The driver of the Silverado was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and has since been released. The driver of the Ford was uninjured. Police said everyone involved in the four-car wreck was wearing a seatbelt except Walker.
The crash remains under investigation. Police say while speed does not appear to be a factor in the crash, they're still investigating whether drugs or alcohol were involved. It's the first fatal crash of 2014 in Albemarle County.
January 24, 2013
A car accident left one dead and three injured on Route 29 south of Charlottesville on Friday night.
A crash happened on Route 29 southbound, or Monacan Trail, in the southern part of Albemarle County. It took place around 8:30 p.m. near the Albemarle-Nelson county line.
Police say they first got a call about a car going north in the southbound lanes.
That car hit another vehicle head on, which caused a chain reaction involving two other vehicles.
One person is confirmed dead, another person was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Two other people were also hurt.
Police alternated allowing southbound traffic and northbound traffic in the northbound lanes to keep the highway moving.
"We've got VDOT involved and the message boards are up on the upper and lower ends, letting drivers know we are going to route traffic north and southbound on the northbound side," said Albemarle County Police Captain Greg Jenkins around 10:30 p.m.
Accident reconstruction teams were on the scene, also around 10:30 p.m., and police expected to be investigating for the next few hours.