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Dangerous tractor-trailer, freight train crash tangles traffic

Virginia residents know that any accident involving either a freight train or a tractor-trailer can lead to devastating consequences. When a tractor-trailer collides with a freight train, the outcome could be tragic. Some Manassas commuters may have been witness to such an accident when a tractor trailer and freight train collided in a recent commercial vehicle accident during rush-hour traffic.The accident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. near Linton Hall Road in Gainesville earlier this month. U.S. 29 in Gainesville was closed until 9 p.m. that evening after a freight train collided with an 18-wheeler. The train did not derail from the accident, although it took a long time to remove both vehicles from the scene.

Woman fatally injured by commercial truck in Fairfax County

Manassas, Virginia, area residents have suffered from a number of fatal car accidents over the last several months. Many of these tragedies are explainable, and the cause of the car crash can be discovered through police investigations and eyewitness accounts. Other types of fatal auto accidents are not as easy to explain. This may be the case for an accident that took place earlier this month in Fairfax County, at least from preliminary reports.According to the police in Fairfax County, the commercial vehicle accident took place on Route 7 just in front of a car dealership when a pump truck hit a sedan. The female driver of the sedan got out of her car after the collision, and the truck then struck and killed her. Police were not immediately sure why the truck hit the sedan or the woman and they were continuing with their investigation.

Wrong-way driver kills two students in interstate highway crash

Two Virginia college students were killed last week after their car was hit by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 64. The young women, ages 19 and 17, who were killed were students at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.

Veteran Manassas reporter sustains injuries in car accident

Residents of Manassas, Virginia, may have heard that longtime newsman Bennie Scarton Jr., considered by his colleagues to be the ironman of local news in Manassas, was injured in an auto accident in Culpeper recently. The 50-year veteran of local news organizations was headed for a vacation getaway when the accident took place. He was traveling with his wife and granddaughter, and fortunately neither of them was injured in the accident.

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