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Head-on crash seriously injures Halifax woman

A 55-year-old Halifax woman was seriously injured in a two-vehicle head-on wreck that occurred Thursday at 5:05 p.m. on Highway 360 (Mountain Road), one-tenth of a mile west of State Route 676 (Thompson’s Store Road) in Halifax.

According to an accident report filed by Virginia State Trooper A. D. Dishman, Judy Chappell was driving a 2000 Honda Accord when she crossed the centerline and struck a 2004 Chevy Express van driven by 63-year-old Michael Vernon of Halifax.

In an effort to avoid impact, Vernon tried to move off the road to the right when he was struck by the Honda. The impact of the crash and the slope of the embankment caused the van to overturn, Dishman said.

Vernon received minor injuries in the wreck but was not transported to the hospital.

Halifax Rescue Squad transported Chappell to the helipad in South Boston, and Air Mobile One airlifted her to Wake Medical Center, Dishman said.

The trooper said family members on Friday said Chappell was listed in serious condition with non-life threatening injuries.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, Dishman said.

Charges are pending in the wreck, and both vehicles were listed as total losses, according to the report.

Later Thursday evening, a 16-year-old juvenile escaped injury when the 2003 Chevy Trailblazer he was driving ended up in a tree in the 2000 block of Clays Mill Road in Halifax.

According to an accident report filed by Dishman, the juvenile, who had no driver’s license or learners permit, had taken his grandfather’s Trailblazer without permission.

Dishman said the juvenile claimed the backend of the Chevrolet came out causing him to lose control and run out of the road striking a tree and knocking it over blocking the road.

A citizen with a chainsaw came and cut the tree out of the road, the trooper said.

Dishman charged the juvenile with reckless driving and driving without a license.

Damage to the Trailblazer was estimated as a total loss.