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Five hurt, damages extensive in Thursday pileup

Five people were hurt, and damages were extensive in a five-vehicle pileup that occurred Thursday around 5:30 p.m. on L. P. Bailey Memorial Highway (Highway 501), one-tenth of a mile south of State Route 610 in Halifax.

According to an accident report filed by Virginia State Trooper L. V. Pambid, 19-year-old Ryan T. Yates of Halifax was charged with reckless driving/failure to maintain proper control in the Thursday afternoon wreck.

Yates was driving a 2011 Ford Ranger traveling north on Highway 501 when he swerved to the left to avoid a 2004 Ford Mustang driven by 53-year-old Tammy B. Holt of Nathalie who had stopped waiting for a 1998 Jeep Cherokee driven by 40-year-old Kimberly E. Galvan of Halifax to turn left.

Yates struck Holt’s Mustang in the rear causing it to run off the roadway and strike a tree.

Holt and Galvan also were traveling north on 501. Yates lost control of the truck and overturned and was struck by a 2000 Ford F650 driven by 39-year-old David W. Allen of Goodview. Allen was headed south on Highway 501.

Allen was then struck by 19-year-old Brittany C. Carr of South Boston who also was headed south on Highway 501 driving a 2007 Volkswagen Beetle.

Allen ran off the roadway and down an embankment, and Galvan ran off the roadway.

The five-car wreck resulted in traffic coming to a halt on Highway 501 as all lanes were closed, according to police.

Yates, who was wearing his seatbelt, was injured and transported to Halifax Regional Hospital by rescue squad.

Pambid estimated damage to the 2011 Ford Ranger Yates was driving at $15,000.

Holt also was wearing a seatbelt and was injured and transported to the hospital.

Pambid estimated damage to the 2004 Ford Mustang she was driving at $5,000.

Allen was not wearing a seatbelt and was injured and transported to the hospital along with a juvenile passenger in his truck.

Pambid estimated damages to the 2000 Ford F650 driven by Allen at $10,000.

Galvan, who was wearing her seatbelt, also was injured in the wreck and was transported to the hospital.

The trooper estimated damage to the 1998 Jeep Cherokee she was driving at $2,000.

Carr also was wearing her seatbelt and was not injured. 

Pambid estimated damage to the 2007 Volkswagen Beetle Carr was driving at $200.