An investigation into a Tuesday afternoon accident on North Main Street in Hillsville remains ongoing. According to Hillsville Police Department (HPD) Officer D. Johnson three cars were involved in the incident which occurred at 12:12 p.m.
Information supplied by Johnson indicates a white Toyota Camry driven by 88-year old Loreen Puckett of Hillsville turned off of Mill Street and continued south on North Main. The car then struck a Ford Escape SUV driven by 72-year old Marlene Largen of Carroll County. He said the collision with the SUV was almost head-on, striking closer to the passenger side of Largen’s vehicle.
The Camry continued on, overturned and came to rest on top of an Infiniti 637x owned by Attorney Dwight Compton, which was parked near his office. Johnson confirmed Puckett was traveling in excess of the posted limit of 25 mph for the area. Largen was wearing a seat belt at the time of accident while Puckett was not. Air bags deployed in the Toyota but not on the Ford.
Bystanders helped steady the car as rescue personnel freed Puckett from her vehicle. Johnson said it appeared her arm was pinned between the roof of her vehicle and the hood of Compton’s car. Puckett was transported by ambulance to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital for treatment of what appeared to be serious injuries. He said she remained in the operating room on Tuesday when he inquired further about her condition. No charges have been filed in connection with the accident pending further investigation and an interview with Puckett.
Both lanes on North Main were closed for more than 45 minutes. Johnson said weather was not a factor in the incident. The Virginia State Police, Carroll County Fire and Rescue and the Carroll County Sheriff’s office were included among the agencies helping at the scene. Johnson said at one point smoke from the Camry’s motor compartment was visible and HPD Chief Wesley Yonce put the fire out with an extinguisher. He said the incident was one of four accidents on Tuesday, only two of which were reportable.