Louisa County Fatal Accident

Louisa County Fatal Accident

There are 42 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Jun 11, 2009, titled Louisa County Fatal Accident. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

A fatal accident closed part of Route 15 in Louisa County this morning. The head-on collision happened on the James Madison highway near Green Springs just before 7:00 a.m. Police tell us told a car heading south on Route 15 swerved across the centerline and was run over by dump truck.

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Jester

Atlanta, GA

#1 Jun 11, 2009
That is one of the areas worse roadways. Numerous fatalities have occured there in the last 12 months. If a road ever needed a VDOT safety study, it's that one.
Richard

United States

#2 Jun 11, 2009
I agree with the 1st poster, this section of highway needs a review by VDOT. There are too many large trucks traveling too fast on this country road, which suffers from poor visibility over hills and around curves, and has no centerline divider. Car vs. car collisions are often survivable, car vs. truck collisons are not. Make the big rigs go up Rt. 29 or out to Rt. 81 if they want to go north-south!
bon4ron

United States

#3 Jun 11, 2009
The story says the car swerved across the line.That's not because of the road design,is it? We all need to pay more attention and slow down,regardless of how the roads are designed.The car driver may have had a medical problem also.
Andrew Pullen

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Jun 11, 2009
The driver of the truck was not at fault so maybe people should just slow down a focus on driving rather than other things when behind the wheel. That stretch of highway has two previous MVA's that involved a dump truck and a passenger vehicle and both ended with fatalities. I dont know that a safety study would prevent people in too much of a hurry and not paying attention. If anywhere in the zionc crossroads area needs a VDOT to take a look at it, it is the new light at the west bound offramp to James Madison Highway. There has been several serious MVA's there and some have resulted in fatalities within the past year.
marsha glendenning

United States

#5 Jun 11, 2009
There is nothing wrong with that stretch of road. You cant cross the centerline when traffic is coming. A VDOT study is not going to fix that problem! God rest his sole and take care of his family...Louisa VA
Paw-maw

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Jun 11, 2009
Richard wrote:
I agree with the 1st poster, this section of highway needs a review by VDOT. There are too many large trucks traveling too fast on this country road, which suffers from poor visibility over hills and around curves, and has no centerline divider. Car vs. car collisions are often survivable, car vs. truck collisons are not. Make the big rigs go up Rt. 29 or out to Rt. 81 if they want to go north-south!
You GOT to be half of Dumb and Dumber!!!!!!!!!!
Denise - Louisa County

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Jun 11, 2009
There have been numerous accidents in that area. I am not sure why it is a straight road no curves like route 22 - Louisa road going west, but it seems very dangerous. Maybe because of all the large trucks. One thing is for certain people are going too fast, following too close (you are too close when you have to put on breaks every five seconds people, where are you going???) and they need to get off the phone........
July

Warrenton, VA

#8 Jun 11, 2009
One of my parents was behind this accident and she said that she had no ideal that another vehicle was involved. My prayers goes out to the family of Jose and to the family of the truck driver.
Angela

Charlottesville, VA

#9 Jun 11, 2009
I drove by the accident this morning and my heart sank when I saw the car. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
Carla

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Jun 11, 2009
How stupid, spend $ that the state doesn't have on a road study. Yes there have been several terrible accidents on this road in recent years but in both one driver went across the line, that it's not the fault of the road design. And I'm not sure why someone would think a rural country road would have a road divider?? It has a line which is supposed to tell you to stay on your side. Sometimes accidents are just that accidents, and no one will know why this poor man crossed the line. Sympathies to the families involved.
Angela

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Jun 11, 2009
I agree a road study is not needed through there. I drive through there everyday on my way to work and back. The speed limit drops from 55mph to 45 mph and most people dont pay attention. Too often I have almost been rear ended because of people either tail gating or talking on their cell phone - HANG UP THE PHONE already!!! Secondly large trucks are often going too fast down the hill because they want to gain momentum to get back up the hill - is this right - No Does anyone inforce the area - not too often.
CvilleGordo

Charlottesville, VA

#12 Jun 11, 2009
Richard wrote:
I agree with the 1st poster, this section of highway needs a review by VDOT. There are too many large trucks traveling too fast on this country road, which suffers from poor visibility over hills and around curves, and has no centerline divider. Car vs. car collisions are often survivable, car vs. truck collisons are not. Make the big rigs go up Rt. 29 or out to Rt. 81 if they want to go north-south!
Tell me you didn't actually say "poor visibility over hills and around curves..."!!!
On the Scene

United States

#13 Jun 11, 2009
Obviously you don't travel this road. Most of the truck traffic is local. The driver's are local people. They are delivering product to local stores from local businesses. So Rt. 29 and I-81 are not an option. Like others have said, folks need to SLOW DOWN & PAY ATTENTION!
Richard wrote:
I agree with the 1st poster, this section of highway needs a review by VDOT. There are too many large trucks traveling too fast on this country road, which suffers from poor visibility over hills and around curves, and has no centerline divider. Car vs. car collisions are often survivable, car vs. truck collisons are not. Make the big rigs go up Rt. 29 or out to Rt. 81 if they want to go north-south!
lord

Barnesville, OH

#14 Jun 11, 2009
In my home town there was a road with a section appropriately called 'dead man's curve'. As the neighborhood became suburban, it got more notoriety until the state did a study. They then spent several million to straighten out the curvy section of this country road, so people drove faster and the collisions happened at a higher speed.
A better solution would be an I.Q. test along with the eye test to keep ones license.
Greene County Gal

Ruckersville, VA

#15 Jun 11, 2009
I was the first car to be stopped at the scene of this horrific accident. In fact, the cars heading north were still passing through. It made me think the obvious, that we don't leave home in the morning expecting to die on our way to work. I travel this road daily on my commute from Greene County to Richmond and I'm surprised I don't see MORE fatal accidents. And not because the road is a little curvy in places, but because of the drivers who are on that road. I often have someone tailgaiting me when I am going about 60 mph. I'd like to know who would survive an accident on that road, at that speed, if I were to swerve to avoid hitting a deer, or something. And then there are the folks who go about 40 mph where the speed limit is 55. Quite honestly, I think they are also dangerous drivers. To them I say, "Pull over." To the speedy gonzalez on my tail, "SLOW DOWN."

My heart goes out to the poor guy's family and friends. I couldn't shake the visual in my head all day.
Smith

Evington, VA

#16 Jun 11, 2009
Don't curse the truck or say he should take gravel to Orange via Interstate 81.

Be thankful for the truck. What if it were a car with a family also wiped out, or a school bus.
Amber

United States

#17 Jun 11, 2009
I went passed the accident and you can never predict what happened. Who are we to judge. We need to do the right thing and watch out for others, stay off the phones and obey the speed limit which in that area is 55mph.my heart goes out to both families.
iwonder

Louisa, VA

#19 Jun 12, 2009
Buck wrote:
Swerved across the center line? No surprise---just about everybody does that around here. But don't take my word for it---count how many cars you see doing it the next time you're driving. It's part of the culture.
Every work day while traveling 15 I think to myself "Where did they hide that huge magnet in this small car?"
GODS GIRL

United States

#20 Jun 12, 2009
Richard wrote:
I agree with the 1st poster, this section of highway needs a review by VDOT. There are too many large trucks traveling too fast on this country road, which suffers from poor visibility over hills and around curves, and has no centerline divider. Car vs. car collisions are often survivable, car vs. truck collisons are not. Make the big rigs go up Rt. 29 or out to Rt. 81 if they want to go north-south!
I agree that VDOT should reevaluate that stretch. starting at the light at the Crossroads & then on towards Gordonsville. There have been several deaths just in the last 8 months or so.
GODS GIRL

United States

#21 Jun 12, 2009
Smith wrote:
Don't curse the truck or say he should take gravel to Orange via Interstate 81.
Be thankful for the truck. What if it were a car with a family also wiped out, or a school bus.
My prayers go up for the truck driver - none of this was his fault, but hes going to have to live with this the rest of his life too. I hope he does ok. How sad all around.

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