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Medical Problems Cited In Wreck That Injuries Three People Friday

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash in South Boston Friday night, town police said. Sgt. C. L. Carswell said a 2000 four-door Buick driven by 88-year-old Elmer Nichols of South Boston was traveling south on Wilborn Avenue when Nichols experienced a medical problem, resulting in the Buick hitting the rear of a 2003 Ford Taurus driven by 64-year-old Andrew Paniel, also of South Boston. 

The Buick then struck a Dominion Virginia Power utility pole and two parked pickup trucks belonging to Crowell Motor Company, Carswell said.
Nichols and his wife, Janie, who was a passenger in the car, were both injured and transported from the scene to Halifax Regional Hospital by EMS personnel, the sergeant said. Paniel also was injured but did not require transport to the hospital, he said.

A hospital spokesperson said Elmer Nichols was in fair condition Tuesday afternoon, and Paniel was treated in the emergency room and released.
The accident occurred at 7:52 p.m. Friday on Wilborn Avenue, 100 feet south of Poplar Creek Street.

Carswell said investigating Officer C. M. Mann estimated damages at $2,000 to the Buick, $500 to the Taurus, $500 to the parked 2009 Ford F-150, $200 to the parked 2010 Ford F-150, and $5,000 to the Dominion Virginia Power utility pole.

No charges have been filed, Carswell said.