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Allen Worrell/The Carroll NewsA 2000 Mustang driven by Sonya Kaye Bowman, 38, of Fancy Gap, ran off the road Wednesday morning on U.S. 52 southbound on Fancy Gap Mountain before striking a tree head on. Both Bowman and her passenger, Michael Kevin Payne, were airlifted from the scene.
Allen Worrell/The Carroll NewsA 2000 Mustang driven by Sonya Kaye Bowman, 38, of Fancy Gap, ran off the road Wednesday morning on U.S. 52 southbound on Fancy Gap Mountain before striking a tree head on. Both Bowman and her passenger, Michael Kevin Payne, were airlifted from the scene.
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A Carroll County woman and her passenger were airlifted Wednesday morning after a head-on collision with a tree southbound on U.S. 52 on Fancy Gap Mountain.


According to Virginia State Police Trooper R.B. Phipps, Sonya Kaye Bowman, 38, of Fancy Gap, was driving a 2000 Mustang southbound on U.S. 52 when she blacked out, ran off the road to the right and ran into a tree head-on. The car left the road in a curve just before the start of a guardrail, and struck the tree. If the car would have missed the tree, it likely would have plummeted down a steep embankment, Phipps said. The accident occurred at approximately 8:40 a.m. on Route 52, about 2.5 miles South of Route 608 (Lightning Ridge Road).


Bowman and her passenger, Michael Kevin Payne, were both airlifted to regional hospitals, Phipps said. Phipps would not speculate to the extent of their injuries. He said Bowman was not wearing a seat belt. Payne told Phipps that he was wearing a seat belt.


Phipps said the accident is currently under investigation. Besides the Virginia State Police, responding agencies to the scene were the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, the Cana Fire Department, Cana Rescue Squad, and Carroll County EMS.

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