Traffic & Transportation

Front Royal police stepping up patrol next week

Front Royal Police officers will be among area police departments monitoring the streets during the nationwide Click It or Ticket campaign that starts next week. A written release from the office of Front Royal Police Chief Norman Shiflett stated that drivers will see more officers and ...

Police prepare to buckle down on safety

WOODSTOCK – Area law enforcement will be taking extra steps to make sure drivers are buckled in for the national Click It or Ticket campaign. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 9,000 people who were not wearing seatbelts, or “unrestrained,” were ...

VDOT to hold hearing on Monday

The Virginia Department of Transportation has invited the public to comment on projects recommended for funding through the state’s new scoring process. VDOT scheduled its Staunton District meeting for 4 p.m. Monday in the Plecker Center for Continuing Education at Blue Ridge Community ...

VDOT to study Va. 55 East

FRONT ROYAL – State transportation officials say a study might help Warren County get money to improve John Marshall Highway. Virginia Department of Transportation’s Staunton District received a Strategically Targeted Affordable Roadway Solutions grant for $220,000 to study a section of ...

Vehicle strikes school bus near Maurertown

A Maurertown woman has been charged with reckless driving after the vehicle she was driving struck the back of a stopped Shenandoah County school bus carrying 15 students Wednesday morning. One 11-year-old girl was taken by ambulance to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital with non-life ...

Woman convicted of involuntary manslaughter

FRONT ROYAL – A Circuit Court jury Wednesday convicted Brooke Nicole Spindle of involuntary manslaughter in the traffic death of her friend Holly Anne Smedley, 25. The jury returned the verdict around 3 p.m. after about a day of deliberations that began late Tuesday afternoon, broke off at ...

Tractor cab transporting diesel catches fire

Traffic on John Marshall Highway near Linden was closed off for three hours Tuesday afternoon as Warren County Fire and Rescue Services units responded to a tractor trailer cab that had caught fire. Warren County Fire Chief Richard E. Mabie said that a driver of an H. N. Funkhouser & ...

Overturned mulch truck halts traffic

Both sides of Va. 55 were closed off for nearly two hours Friday morning after a tractor-trailer carrying mulch overturned near Bobcat Lane. Sgt. F.L. "Les" Tyler of the Virginia State Police said the vehicle ran off the right side of the road and overturned at about 10:30 a.m. while ...

Bus accident site is a VDOT focus project

When two charter buses carrying E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School students collided Monday afternoon in Warren County, a number of officials identified the scene as a problem area. State police investigating the incident said one bus struck the back of the other in a head-on collision ...

Crash in Woodstock pushes car onto guide wire

A motor vehicle collision on Saturday morning caused damage to a telephone pole near W.O. Riley Park in Woodstock. Woodstock Police Chief Eric Reiley said the incident occurred at around 10:35 a.m. at the intersection of Park and Summit avenues. One vehicle at the intersection struck the ...

Official: Entire D.C. Metro to shut down for inspections

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rail system that serves the nation's capital and its Virginia and Maryland suburbs will shut down for a full day after a fire near one of the system's tunnels, the system's general manager announced Tuesday, posing a potentially disastrous commute for hundreds of ...

Cement truck overturns off I-81

Interstate 81 northbound lanes were temporarily closed off Friday morning after a single-vehicle crash near mile marker 292. State Police Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler said the incident occurred around 10:05 a.m., when a tractor trailer driver transporting dry cement ran off the road near the ...

Steam locomotive trips to go through Front Royal

Watching the Norfolk & Western Class J 611 steam locomotive cruise through Front Royal in June could bring a wave of nostalgia to those who remember it. Tickets for excursions by the Virginia Museum of Transportation’s passenger locomotive – the last one in operation today – ...

Low water bridge project awaiting bids

The low-water bridge on Artz Road near Woodstock that was the scene of a fatal swift water incident Thursday is under advertisement for a replacement project. On Thursday morning, Woodstock resident Melba Jo Rice, 78, was attempting to cross the low water bridge in her Ford Fusion when it ...

Area man dies in crash

A Winchester man died Tuesday afternoon in a single vehicle crash on Glendobbin Road in Frederick County. Virginia State Police Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler identified the victim as Billy G. Barb Sr., 72, of Winchester. Tyler said Barb’s 1989 Ford pickup truck was traveling northbound on Glenn ...

Cow corralled near interstate

Drivers on Interstate 81 on Tuesday morning were advised by roadside signs to keep on the lookout for rogue roadside cattle. A tractor trailer transporting 33 head of cattle overturned on the highway median around mile marker 300 northbound early Monday morning. State police public ...

State police moving from Luray to Edinburg

The Virginia State Police will be moving their area office from Luray to a three-acre site near Edinburg following the purchase Friday of the land and several buildings. Ronald Rice, capital outlay program director for the state police, said Monday he expected the move to begin in about two ...

Drivers struggle with fog, icy roads

A combination of freezing temperatures, fog and black ice sent dozens of vehicles skidding off area roads Friday morning. School openings in Warren County were delayed and law enforcement officials responded to dozens of crash sites. The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office reported ...

One driver dies in crash

A three-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 in Winchester at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday claimed the life of one person and left a sheriff’s deputy and one other person injured. Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler of the Virginia State Police said in a written statement that his agency is still investigating ...

Leach Run Parkway work begins this week

FRONT ROYAL – Construction of the long-awaited Leach Run Parkway begins this week and is slated for completion by early November. Branch Highways is expected to start preliminary work on the connector road today, Jennifer McDonald, executive director of the Front Royal-Warren County ...