A two-vehicle accident near Harmon’s Outlet on Tuesday morning sent one driver to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center via AirCare for medical treatment.
According to Virginia State Police First Sgt. K.M. Warsinsky, the incident occurred around 8:42 a.m. No charges have been filed in connection with the crash as the investigation is classified as ongoing. The accident involved a 2005 Nissan Sentra driven by 40-year old Martha Rivera-Sanchez of Galax and a 2011 Kia Sorento driven by 50-year old Alvin Collett of Hillsville.
Warsinsky said preliminary evidence suggests the Sentra pulled out near Harmon’s into the east bound lane of traffic, where it was struck in the back by the Sorento. The Sentra then hit a guardrail and bounced off that before being struck again. Warsinsky said Rivera-Sanchez was not harmed in connection with the incident. He confirmed Collett was flown to Baptist for treatment of possible serious injuries shortly before he arrived at the scene.
Weather, speed and other factors such as texting are not believed to be a factor in the crash. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts and there were no passengers in the vehicles. No charges have been filed in lieu of the pending investigation’s findings, Warsinsky said. Both lanes were blocked for more than 20 minutes to allow a landing zone for the helicopter.