Three people were transported to area hospitals early Wednesday morning after a car and a Cana Rescue Squad ambulance collided on U.S. 52 in Cana.
According to Virginia State Police reports, the accident occurred at 12:05 a.m. on Route 52, one-tenth of a mile north of Tabb Lane in Cana. Cody Gregory Sapp, 23, of Cana, was driving a 2009 Toyota Corolla when he fell asleep at the wheel, according to police reports, ran off the road to the right, overcorrected and crossed the centerline, striking a Cana Rescue Squad ambulance, causing it to overturn.
The ambulance, a 2000 Ford E-450 Super Duty, was driven by Frank Anthony Butcher, 25, of Cana. Sapp, Butcher, and Lee Smith, 32, a passenger in the ambulance, were all transported from the scene to area hospitals. Sapp was later airlifted to Winston-Salem, N.C. from Northern Surry Hospital of Mount Airy, N.C., but was expected to be treated and released, state police reports said.
According to state police reports, Butcher and Smith did not have any patients on board the ambulance at the time of the wreck as they were returning from Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax. Investigating Trooper R.B. Phipps listed damages of $1,500 to the Toyota Corolla and $25,000 to the ambulance. The accident is still under investigation.
Another accident occurred late Tuesday night, Oct. 6, on Fancy Gap Mountain in Cana, when a tractor-trailer lost its brakes and overturned on U.S. 52. According to Virginia State Police reports, Milee Chan Cardenal-Colon, 35, of Miramar, Fla., was driving a 2010 Freightliner tractor-trailer for AGMA Transportation of Hallandale Beach, Fla.
The tractor-trailer almost made it to the bottom of the mountain, the police report said, when its brakes gave out completely. The tractor-trailer entered a curve and turned over on the passenger side before sliding off the roadway. The accident occurred on U.S. 52 about seven-tenths of a mile north of Route 688 (Wisler Drive) at 8:48 p.m. According to police reports, the tractor-trailer was going about 70 miles per hour at the time of the accident.
The driver was transported from the scene. Investigating Trooper K.D. Blackburn charged Cardenal-Colon with reckless driving.
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