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June 12, 2017

2 killed, 1 seriously hurt in accident near Remington

One of the vehicles burst into flames during the chain-reaction crash.
Update: A second accident victim died Monday morning.

Two people died of injuries suffered in a three-vehicle accident Monday morning near Remington.

The crash took place at 7:29 a.m. in the northbound lane of Route 29 near Freemans Ford Road, according to the Virginia State Police.

“The impact of the chain-reaction crash caused one of the three vehicles to catch fire,” state police wrote in a press release.

State police will release the names of those involved and other details of the accident after notifying the dead people’s families, Sgt. Les Tyler said.

A third person suffered serious burns and got flown to a trauma center, Sgt. Tyler said.

The crash forced closure of northbound James Madison Highway. Traffic detoured through Remington for about four hours.

> Click here for WJLA-TV video of the crash scene
Monday’s accident marks the second fatal wreck in about seven months near that intersection.

The day after last Thanksgiving, a traffic accident at Freemans Ford and James Madison Highway resulted in the death of 5-year-old Samuel Legg of New Baltimore. 

In March, a Fauquier County General District Court judge convicted a Stafford County woman of reckless driving in Samuel’s death. 

Judge J. Gregory Ashwell sentenced Felicia Arbujo to 12 months in jail, fined her $2,500 and suspended her license for six months.

Ms. Arbujo, who has appealed her conviction to the Fauquier County Circuit Court, remains free on bond.

In a March 20 report, the Virginia Department of Transportation outlined a series of planned safety improvements along Route 29, including the Freemans Ford intersection.

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bblimber · June 12, 2017 at 7:52 pm
Unfortunately, until this tragedy happens to a few legislators or a celebrity, we'll continue to see more and more of these. While I abhor the idea of more government intervention, this is one area where the majority of drivers DAILY demonstrate their reckless disregard for the safety of others without consequence.

Hey Gates, Buffett, Bezos, Zuckerburg et. al. - how about just one of you in the north-of-fifty-billion club put even 1/2 a billion toward a prize to come up with a way to keep cell phones out of the hands of drivers.

Maybe this needs to become the MADD of the 21st century. The acronym even still works - Mother's Against Distracted Driving
citizen observer · June 12, 2017 at 11:57 am
So sad. A chain reaction means a vehicle ran into another vehicle, which ran into another.

Drivers are paying more attention to their phones than what is around them. I see it all the time and it is scary.

If that is what caused this, along with road improvements, it's about time legislators take phones out of driver's hands.
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