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Nine injured as van overturns near Hiltons

April 27th, 2014 10:15 pm by Wes Bunch

Nine injured as van overturns near Hiltons

HILTONS — At least nine people received injuries Saturday night in Scott County when the van they were traveling in overturned on a stretch of highway near Hiltons.

According to Scott County Central Dispatch and Virginia State Police, the single-vehicle accident occurred just before 10 p.m. on the 1000 block of A.P. Carter Highway in Hiltons.

The bus, owned by Mountain Connections Inc., was carrying 11 passengers when the wreck occurred, VSP Trooper J.B. Eads said.

Of the 11 passengers, nine were residents of Mountain Connections, an assisted living home for mentally disabled adults located in Weber City, while the other two were the van's driver and a chaperon.

The group was reportedly returning from a concert at the Carter Family Fold when the driver lost control of the van.

Eads said the driver apparently drove off the road and into a deep, muddy ditch but was unable to regain control and bring it back onto the roadway. The van drove up the upper side of an embankment before overturning back into the ditch near the roadway.

Because of the way the vehicle landed, at least two passengers were entrapped and had to be extricated from the vehicle.

VSP Med-Flight and Wellmont One Air Transport were dispatched to the scene and transported two patients to Holston Valley Medical Center. Seven other passengers in the van were transported by ambulance to HVMC for treatment of minor injuries.

The driver of the van was reportedly issued a summons for failure to maintain control of the vehicle.

Because of the number of passengers involved, crews from numerous law enforcement and rescue agencies were dispatched to the scene.

Virginia State Police and the Scott County Life Saving Crew were assisted on the call by the Gate City Fire Department, the Weber City Fire Department, the Duffield Rescue Squad, Nickelsville Rescue Squad and the Duffield Fire Department.

A.P. Carter Highway was reopened shortly before midnight as crews cleared the scene.

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