Pedestrian struck by snowplow

By Ryan Cornell

STRASBURG — A woman in Strasburg was transported to Winchester Medical Center after being struck by a snowplow late Thursday morning.

Antoinette Minor, 30, was struck at about 10:50 a.m., according to Lt. Lonnie Conner of the Strasburg Police Department. He said the incident occurred in the parking lot of the 230 S. Charles Street apartments in Strasburg.

Conner said the snowplow, operated by a private contractor, was backing up while clearing the parking lot when the woman’s 4-year-old son ran behind it into one of the vehicle’s blind spots.

“He ran behind the tractor and had fallen under it,” he said. “She went to get her son out from the tractor and the tractor ran over her.”

He said she suffered minor injuries to her legs.

Chief Gary Yew of the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue said units from the Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad responded to the incident. He said he hasn’t heard of any other incidents attributed to the snow.

“Given the weather conditions and road conditions, it’s been very quiet,” he said. “I think people are doing a good job heeding the warnings about not traveling if they don’t need to.”

The snowplow was a tractor with a plow and salt spreader attached to it. The operator of the snowplow has not been charged.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com