Sunday Afternoon Crashes Slow Traffic In Central & Northern Nelson

™©2012 Nelson County Life : Photos By Tommy Stafford : Nelson County, Virginia Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Vasco Wright directs traffic around a serious crash between a motorcycle and a car at the intersection of Virginia Lane & Route 151 just north of Nellysford this past Sunday afternoon - September 23, 2012.

Nelson County, Virginia

Updated info from Virginia State Police in Richmond, received at 4:30PM – 9.26.12

Virginia State Police Trooper D.L. Hughes investigated the two-vehicle crash in Nelson County at the intersection of Routes 151 and 612. The crash occurred at 1 p.m.

A 2008 GMC Envoy was stopped on Route 151 in the southbound travel lane, waiting for northbound traffic to clear in order to make a left turn onto Route 612. A 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling south on Route 151 when it came upon the stopped traffic. The motorcycle was unable to stop in time and swerved into the northbound lane to avoid striking the stopped southbound vehicles. As the motorcycle continued into the northbound lane, it struck the driver’s side of the Envoy – which, at the time, was in the process of turning left onto Route 612.

The driver of the motorcycle, Douglas K. Reardon, 45, of Dillwyn, Va., was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

The driver of the Envoy, Lilbert D. Critzer, 45, of Nellysford, Va., was not injured in the crash.

Reardon was charged with reckless driving.

Original Post:
Two people were transported to Charlottesville for emergency medical treatment after a serious auto vs motorcycle accident Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Virginia Lane & Route 151 just north of Nellysford. That’s very near the location of Tuckahoe Antique Mall on 151. One of the victims was airlifted to UVA Medical Center. Traffic was slowed as officers and emergency crews worked the scene. The roadway was totally opened after ambulances transported the victims to the hospital and / or to the helicopter landing zone at Rockfish Valley Volunteer Fire Department. No word on the condition or identities of the injured at this time.

Just a few months ago back in July 2012 another motorcycle vs car accident claimed two lives at the intersection of Tanbark and Route 151. The rural two lane highway has developed a reputation of numerous accidents, several fatal, over the past few years. The most serious in recent years claimed the life of a mother and her two daughters in a crash at the intersection of Route 151 and 635 (Greenfield Road) in August 2007.  Several other fatal crashes occurred that same year along Route 151. Major improvements, finished three years after the crash, coupled with a lower 45 MPH speed limit put into effect in 2008 appear to have improved things at that particular intersection.

Drivers slow down as they approach the accident scene near at the intersection of Virginia Lane and Route 151 Sunday afternoon - September 23, 2012.

Another Sunday accident on Afton Mountain Road not too far from the intersection of Route 250 also slowed traffic. No injuries were reported in that particular crash and traffic was moving smoothly within an hour or so.


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