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Logging Truck Overturns Friday

A logging truck overturned Friday morning on Mountain Road in Halifax tying up traffic and leaving a number of residents without electrical power, according to Halifax Police officials.

Lt. D. D. Irby said a 1998 Freightliner tractor carrying a trailer load of logs operated by 43-year-old William P. Gravely of Glade Hill was headed east on Mountain Road. As the truck was coming out of a curve, the load shifted causing the tractor and trailer to overturn and spill the logs onto the highway and along the shoulder of the road, Irby said.

The rolling logs broke a Dominion Power utility pole as well as a fire hydrant, the lieutenant said. Mountain Road was closed from Academy Street to Crawford Road, and traffic was rerouted for over five hours while the truck, tractor and logs were removed from the highway and repairs were made to the hydrant, utility pole, power, telephone and cable lines, he added.

The accident occurred at 6:49 Friday morning at 1035 Mountain Road. Officers with the Halifax Police Department, Virginia State Police and Halifax Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene, Irby said.

Investigating Halifax Police Officer W. G. Yancey estimated damages at $25,000 to the tractor-trailer, $2,500 to the utility pole, $1,000 to the fire hydrant and cleanup and towing costs in excess of $2,000, Irby said.

Yancey charged Gravely with failure to maintain proper control of a vehicle.