State Police investigating wreck involving Carroll deputy

Staff Report

Virginia State Police are investigating a two-vehicle crash in Carroll County involving a Carroll County Sheriff’s Office vehicle.

According to Virginia State Police reports, Senior Trooper S.M. Cochran was called to the scene at 11:50 p.m. Monday (July 3) on U.S. 52 in the community of Fancy Gap where a 2011 Chevrolet Caprice and a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck collided in the roadway.

“The Chevrolet Caprice is a Carroll County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle,” the Virginia State Police said in a press release. “The deputy was on-duty at the time of the crash and was transported to Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem, N.C., for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening, injuries.”

The driver of the Silverado pickup truck, a 70-year-old male from Willis, suffered minor injuries in the crash and was treated at the scene.

“The crash remains under investigation at this time,” the press release states. “State police are looking into a mechanical issue with the deputy’s vehicle as being a factor in the crash.”

Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner said the deputy involved in the wreck was Josh Bowers. Gardner said Bowers is in Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. with a broken pelvis and may be hospitalized for a while.

“We are not sure at this time what happened. There was no chase, he was not turning on a car, no blue lights, no speed. He had just pulled out from Cockerham’s with Cody Edwards right behind him,” Gardner said. “He may have been running 30 miles per hour. The car jerked left, he couldn’t turn the wheel and the front headlights went off. The rear lights stayed on. He got it stopped in the road and the truck couldn’t stop in time.”

The driver’s name of the pickup truck has not been released by the Virginia State Police.

Staff Report