FANCY GAP — Traffic flow on Fancy Gap Mountain has returned to normal following an early-morning, single vehicle accident on Wednesday.
According to Virginia State Police Senior State Trooper R. B. Phipps, at about 8:15 a.m. a tractor-trailer traveling south on Route 52 down Fancy Gap Mountain lost control and fell onto the driver’s side, sliding on the roadbed until it was righted after hitting a ditch on the left side of the road. The vehicle came to rest after that, blocking three lanes of traffic.
There were no injuries reported in connection with the accident. The driver of the vehicle has been identified as Stanley Wayne Riley, 59, of Texas, who was driving for TKO Rental & Sons LLC. The cargo was rolls of steel en route to delivery in Mount Airy, N.C.
Phipps said the vehicle appeared to have lost its brakes, which overheated because it was overloaded. Phipps said the rig, trailer and its cargo weighed just shy of 80,000 pounds. The section of Route 52 at the accident scene is restricted to eight tons. He said weather and speed were not factors in the accident. Phipps said charges against Riley will include failure to exercise caution, driving an overweight vehicle on a restricted highway, and miscellaneous charges including driving with expired tags.
Units assisting the Virginia State Police at the scene included the Cana Volunteer Rescue Squad, Virginia Department of Transportation and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department.