Stephens City resident charged with reckless driving in incident
By Alex Bridges -- email@example.com
State police charged a Stephens City man with reckless driving after his truck collided with a tractor-trailer stopped on the side of Interstate 81 near Edinburg early Friday morning.
The crash sent both drivers to local hospitals for treatment of minor and non-life threatening injuries, according to Virginia police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.
A tractor-trailer traveling south on I-81 in Shenandoah County ran out of fuel and the driver pulled the vehicle over to the right shoulder at the 280 mile marker, Geller stated in a release. The driver had properly marked the tractor-trailer, according to police.
As the driver stood in front of the vehicle to refuel it, a southbound box truck ran off the interstate and struck the rear of the tractor-trailer at approximately 6 a.m., Geller stated. The box truck then traveled along the side of the tractor-trailer, striking the trailer before overturning in the road, according to Geller.
The impact of the collision pushed the tractor-trailer forward, striking the driver, identified as Sokada Soch, 46, of California, the release states. Rescue workers took Soch to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, according to Geller.
Rescue workers took the driver of the box truck, identified as Daniel J. McTiernan, 22, of Stephens City, to Rockingham Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries police do not consider life-threatening, Geller states.
McTiernan was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, according to police.
Trooper D.W. Burkeholder investigated the crash and charged McTiernan with reckless driving, Geller states. Fatigue played a role in the crash, according to police.
Authorities reopened both southbound lanes of the highway to traffic at approximately 8:45 a.m., Geller stated.