STRASBURG – Four people, two of them Warren County High School students and one a recent graduate, were transported to hospitals after a three-vehicle crash on State Route 55 on Friday afternoon.
Virginia State Police Trooper P.M. Neff said a 2006 Toyota sedan driven by Morgan Kolb, 23, of Strasburg, struck a 2003 Honda Civic driven by a 17-year-old girl from Front Royal and pushed that car into a Nissan XTerra driven by Mary Hudson, of Strasburg. Neff said the Nissan had stopped on State Route 55 heading west to make a left turn onto Fort Valley Road, and the Honda had stopped behind it.
Neff said Kolb and the Honda driver were transported to Warren County Memorial Hospital. The two passengers in the Honda were taken to Winchester Medical Center. A 17-year-old female passenger was taken by ambulance and an 18-year-old male passenger by PHI Air Medical. Neff said none of the injuries were life-threatening.
Kolb was cited for reckless driving as a result of the crash, Neff said. Neff said there was evidence that all six were wearing seat belts, and said alcohol was not a factor. Neff said Kolb’s car was traveling around the 55-mile-per-hour speed limit.
Assisting companies included Strasburg Fire and Rescue, Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, North Warren Volunteer Fire Department and Fort Valley Fire Department. Neff said deputies from Warren County Sheriff’s Office directed traffic around the incident.
Beth and Chris Arnold, of Front Royal, said they received calls from their daughter Rachel when they were at work, telling them her car was rear-ended. They said Rachel was taking two of her friends to Strasburg in the Honda Civic. Rachel, they said, was able to exit the car and call for help after the crash.
“She’s got some cuts, I think from the glass,” Beth Arnold said. “Her shoulders were starting to hurt, I think probably where the seatbelt caught her. I think it’s going to be cuts and bruises. I don’t think it’s going to be anything serious.”
Beth Arnold said the three are “very good friends” and had been for years.
Darby Waters said his daughter Lyndsey, one of the passengers in the rear-ended Civic, was heading home from staying the night at her friend’s house when the crash occurred. He said he and his wife were at home in Strasburg when Lyndsey called at around 12:30 p.m., saying she was trapped in the car.
“She was hysterical; I’m guessing it just happened,” he said at the scene. “She said the driver had called for help. She couldn’t move or get out of the car, same with the guy in the back seat.”
Waters said all three people in the Honda Civic attended Warren County High School. He said the male passenger in the backseat, who Beth Arnold identified as Richard Vo, is a recent Warren County graduate. Lyndsey and Rachel are rising seniors.
Destiny Moore, 22, who lives in Warren County, said she was a passenger in the Nissan with Hudson, also 22.
She said the SUV was stopped on State Route 55 waiting to turn left onto Fort Valley Road when it was struck from behind and pushed about 25 yards forward to the right shoulder.
She said she exited her car after determining everyone inside was all right and approached trapped passengers in the Honda Civic.
“They were both in shock,” she said. “And then they both had to be cut out of the car.”
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