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Alcohol may have played role in fatal multi-vehicle crash

Virginia State Police are trying to sort out the events that led to a three-vehicle collision that killed three people in Sussex County. After completing their investigation of the scene, police believe that alcohol may have played a significant role in causing the car accident.

At about 2:30 a.m. on December 10, a woman was heading east on Rt. 460 when she crossed the center line and struck another car traveling in the opposite direction. The second vehicle was then rear-ended by a third car. The driver of the first car died upon impact, as did her passenger. According to police, neither woman was wearing their seat belt. The passenger in the second car, who was also not wearing a seat belt, was killed by the impact. The driver of that car was reported to have suffered major injuries, but her exact condition was not released. The driver of the third vehicle suffered only minor injuries.

Police have said that alcohol was a factor in the crash but have not explained their theory. The most obvious inference from the facts released to date is that the driver of the first car was driving while under the influence of alcohol, and the alcohol caused her to fall asleep or otherwise lose control of her vehicle and cross the center line.

Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in an accident caused by a drunk driver may wish to consult a lawyer who is experienced in handling such cases. A knowledgeable attorney can provide a useful analysis of the facts and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.

Source:, "Three dead in crash on Rt. 460 in Sussex," Dominic Ross, Dec. 10, 2017

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