Slick Roads, Wind Lead To Multiple Vehicle Accidents

Fluvanna firefighters responded to a minor injury vehicle rollover in Ellery on Tuesday. P-J photo by A. J. Rao

Gusty winds and slick, ice-covered roads led to multiple car accidents Tuesday around the county.

In Sheridan, at 8:30 a.m., David Minekime of Kennedy was operating a tractor trailer westbound on Route 20, when he apparently lost control of his vehicle, crossed the center line and struck another commercial vehicle operated by Michael Moniot of Ashville.

Police said one individual involved in the accident was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

In Ellery, at 2:30 p.m., 34-year-old Samantha Meredith of Ripley was traveling eastbound on Interstate 86 when slick road conditions and excessive speeds reportedly caused her vehicle to roll over into the median.

Police said Meredith suffered a minor head injury and was taken to WCA Hospital by Fluvanna emergency services. Her only passenger was reportedly uninjured.

In addition to driving excessively for road conditions, Meredith was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation for having a suspended license.

According to the National Weather Service in Buffalo, a High Wind Warning that started at 10 p.m. Tuesday will end today at 7 a.m. A Flood Watch will be in effect from 7 a.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Saturday.