Staunton Man Dies In Auto Accident Along Route 151 : Update 1PM

Photo By Yvette Stafford : ©2011 : Traffic northbound on Route 151 was at a standstill early Wednesday morning as police worked a fatal auto accident near Pounding Branch Road.

Nelson County, VA

Updated 1PM EDT for VSP Press release below:


NELSON CO., Va. – A Staunton man is dead following a single-vehicle crash early Wednesday morning, Oct. 12, 2011 in Nelson County. Trooper A.T. Covey was notified of the fatal crash that took place on Route 151 (Rockfish Valley Highway) about a 100 feet north of Route 709 (Pounding Branch Road) at approximately 6:04 a.m.

A 2007 Toyota Prius was traveling southbound on Route 151 when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road, overturned into an embankment and came to rest in a creek. The driver, Stephen R. Lamb, 57, of Staunton, died at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

Speed does not appear to be a factor in the crash which remains under investigation.

Original Post:
Nelson County Sheriff David Brooks confirms to NCL that agencies are working a fatal auto accident Wednesday morning in the vicinity of Route 151 and Pounding Branch Road. “We got the just after 6AM this morning,” Sheriff Brooks said.

Photo courtesy CBS-19 / The Newsplex Charlottesville : The red card left the road and flipped upside down just off of Route 151.

CBS-19’s video report by clicking here.

Drivers passing the scene report seeing a car flipped in the ditch.

Via Google : The general area of Wednesday morning's fatal auto accident. Along Route 151 near Pounding Branch Rd.

The Virginia State Police is working the scene. 151 is open to traffic, but some delays may be experienced in the area of the accident as investigators work the wreck.

As of 9:30 Wednesday morning, motorists passing by the scene told us the car was being towed away at that time.

As of late morning the roadway was cleared and opened.


  1. My heart aches for his family and friends. I’m sorry for their loss. The very same thing nearly happened to my mother almost three years ago, but thank goodness she was wearing a seatbelt when she went off the side of 151 a little farther south. She’s still dealing with the effects of her accident, but we’re thankful every day she’s still with us thanks to her seatbelt and the first responders.


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