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Three area motorcyclists injured in Northern Virginia crash

Staff Report • May 27, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Three Northeast Tennessee residents were among four people injured in a chain-reaction motorcycle accident that occurred while they were riding together Sunday afternoon in Northern Virginia.

According to Virginia State Police, the motorcyclists were identified as David C. Morris, 49, of Blountville, Earl C. Leonard Jr., 54, of Bristol, Tenn., and Steven Thompson, 47, of Gray. Jamie L. Fireline, 40, of Nokesville, Va., was also injured in the wreck.

All four suffered serious injuries and were transported to Fairfax Inova Hospital for treatment.

A VSP spokeswoman said the accident occurred at 2:10 p.m on Interstate 66 in Fairfax County when a 2005 Honda FLU driven by Morris lost control due to road conditions while traveling through an inactive work zone.

A 2007 Honda XTB driven by Thompson was unable to stop in time and rear-ended Morris. Leonard’s 2003 Honda FCI was then unable to stop in time to avoid the first crash and ended up colliding with Morris.

Fireline’s 2006 Suzuki C50 ran off the left side of I-66 and struck the guardrail in an attempt to avoid the two wrecks.

All four were wearing helmets and authorities said no charges have been placed. The accidents reportedly were still under investigation.

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