Crash sends driver to hospital

Daily staff report

WOODSTOCK — A weather-related crash on U.S. 11 near Woodstock on Tuesday sent a driver to the hospital.

A 1987 Mack dump truck and a 2012 Dodge box truck traveling southbound on U.S. 11 collided near Artz Road (Va. 663), shortly before 11:30 a.m., said Virginia police spokesman Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler.

The dump truck, driven by Ford Mantz, 53, of Fort Valley, and contracted for snow removal, had stopped to turn left on Artz Road, Tyler said. The box truck, driven by Jackie Baughan, 70, of Strasburg, was following the other vehicle on U.S. 11. Baughan couldn’t stop in time and steered his vehicle into the northbound lane to avoid hitting the dump truck, Tyler said.

Just as the box truck veered to the left, Mantz began making the left turn, Tyler said. The dump truck hit the box truck and caused Baughan’s vehicle to overturn, Tyler explained.

Emergency workers arrived on the scene and took Baughan to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. Mantz did not report any injuries.

Trooper J.L. Street investigated the crash and issued a summons to Baughan, charging him with reckless driving, Tyler said. Excessive speed and driving too fast for the road conditions were factors in the crash, he said.

Deputies with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, the Fire and Rescue Department and the Virginia Department of Transportation assisted state police with the crash. Both lanes of U.S. 11 were closed to traffic for about an hour but were reopened by early Tuesday afternoon.