Posted: September 11, 2012
MOUNT JACKSON — Two women were taken to Rockingham Memorial Hospital this afternoon after their vehicle overturned following a collision with a tractor trailer near Exit 269 on Interstate 81.
At about 2:30 p.m. a tractor-trailer driven by Estel F. Blankenship, 64, of Bedford ran off the road to the left and struck a guardrail, according to Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler of the Virginia State Police. Tyler said the driver then overcorrected and veered into the right lane, striking a vehicle being driven by Carolyn M. Brown, 61, of Staunton. Brown was traveling northbound on I-81 in a 2000 Jeep with her daughter Dawn R. Brown, 41, in the passenger seat, Tyler said.
The Jeep overturned, landing on its roof and coming to rest in the roadway. Both Browns were transported to RMH. The extent of the women’s injuries is unknown.
Trooper D. A. Dean, the investigating officer, issued Blankenship a summons for reckless driving.
A portion of the left lane was closed for about 40 minutes.
State police were assisted on the scene by the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, police departments from New Market and Mount Jackson and fire and rescue personnel from New Market, Mount Jackson and Orkney Springs.