Nelson : VSP Updates On Serious Crash At Rockfish River Road & US 29 Northbound

Photo By Rebecca Pannell : As of 3:22 PM Saturday afternoon, US 29 at Rockfish River Road was reopened after a serious crash involving a tanker truck and a passenger car. June 17, 2017

US 29 North At Rockfish River Road
Nelson County, Virginia

As we’ve been telling for most of Saturday, a tanker collision on US 29 northbound blocked the road for much of the day. The Virginia State Police have released initial information on the crash. The tanker truck hit a car that pulled into the roadway.

“At 10:20 a.m., Saturday (June 17), Virginia State Police Senior Trooper T.M. Skehan responded to a two-vehicle crash in Nelson County. The crash occurred on Route 29 at the intersection of Route 617.

A 2017 Chrysler Pacifica was traveling east on Route 617. The minivan stopped for the posted stop sign and then proceeded across Route 29. The minivan pulled into the path of a northbound tanker truck on Route 29. Despite the truck’s efforts to avoid the minivan, the two collided in the intersection. The tanker truck then ran off the left side of the road and struck an embankment.

The adult male driver was transported to UVA Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. His passenger/wife was flown to UVA Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

The adult male driver of the tractor-trailer was also transported by ambulance to UVA Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation. Alcohol was not a factor.

Corinne N. Geller
Public Relations Director
Virginia State Police”


  1. Described with accurate detail the report was covered with enough information and with dignity for all involved. Hope they all recover quickly.Be careful out there people nothing and no one is worth another life taken.


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