Tractor-trailer driver charged with reckless driving

Published 4:26 pm Thursday, December 3, 2015

Randy D. Dorsey, 60, of Rome, Ga., driver of a tractor-trailer that overturned on Route 460 East Tuesday at approximately 7 a.m., was charged with reckless driving,  according to Trooper Mike Ollie of the Virginia State Police.

“At the top of the hill was where he first left the road,” Ollie said of the driver who was traveling in the left-hand lane. “He veered off the road and rode beside the guardrail for about 1,300 feet. Finally as he got down to the bottom, he hit the guardrail sand that’s where things started.”

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The eastbound lane of Route 460 was closed for most of the day Tuesday in order to remove the tractor-trailer, which was carrying rolls of carpet and flooring, from the culvert.

“The first trailer and tractor came up pretty good, but the second trailer broke in half,” Ollie said. “That’s when all the carpet came out and went down in the creek.”

VDOT had to repair the road that was damaged by equipment needed to remove the tractor-trailer. The Farmville Volunteer Fire Department and the Prince Edward Volunteer Rescue Squad responded to the accident to free Dorsey, who was wearing a seat belt.

According to Ollie, Dorsey sustained only minor injuries. “He was lucky,” the trooper said.