September 7, 2010
The Virginia State Police says three people are dead and four others injured after a single-car crash on Route 55 in Warren County.
Police say the crash happened Sunday around 2 p.m. when the driver of an SUV carrying seven family members ran off the road and then struck a tree. Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said in a statement that everyone in the vehicle was wearing seat belts and alcohol was not a factor.
Edward Nichols III, 64, of Purcellville died in the crash along with his wife, 63-year-old Karen Nichols, and 90-year-old Doris Degram Louer. Three passengers, David Louer, 71-years-old, Mariline F. Louer, 62-years-old and Cynthia Louer Fusselle, 51-years old, and the driver, Robert F. Louer of Green Cove Springs, Fla., were injured and taken to hospitals. Their conditions were unknown.
Mike Poe witnessed the accident and said the driver seemed to be going at a high rate of speed on the curvy road. Poe said he had to move over to make room for the on-coming car, which was crossing the double line. When Poe passed the car and looked for it in his rear-view mirror, it had disappeared down an embankment.
"People drive on this road pretty fast. Sometimes, we've had a lot of wrecks on this road but this is probably one of the worst ones I've seen in a long time," Poe said.
The accident remains under investigation.