Pickup, tractor in crash on 360

Published 7:19 pm Tuesday, July 2, 2019

A pickup truck and a small tractor were involved in an accident on U.S. Route 360 near Collins Drive on Tuesday morning in Prince Edward County, which was confirmed by Meherrin Volunteer Fire and Rescue Assistant Fire Chief Leon Scott.

Scott was in charge of the call and shared what he learned of the incident.

“It seemed like a small farm tractor was going down the road with a bush hog, was going westbound, and the pickup truck was coming along behind it,” he said. “I don’t know what happened, but he ran right into the back of the tractor, and both of them went off the roadway. The truck overturned twice, and the driver of the tractor sustained severe injuries but nothing life threatening.”

Johnny W. Vaughan was the driver of the New Holland 3430 Ford tractor and was less than a mile from his home, Scott said, adding that Ricky Garreston, of Jetersville, was the driver of the 2010 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.

The crash took place around 8 a.m., according to Scott, and Meherrin Fire and Rescue was the first agency at the scene, arriving about 10 minutes after the incident happened.

In the section of U.S. Route 360 where the accident occurred, the speed limit is 60 miles per hour, Scott said, noting a possible speed of the truck at the time of the crash.

“We didn’t see any skid marks, so (the truck) hit the tractor pretty much full force,” Scott said. “It broke the tractor into two pieces.”

Vaughan was transported to Centra Southside Community Hospital (CSCH) in Farmville by a Charlotte County Rescue Squad ambulance, Scott said.

The assistant fire chief also noted that Garreston had a small injury to his left arm, and he went to CSCH with his wife but did not go in an ambulance.

The scene of the crash was right at the Charlotte County and Prince Edward County line, Scott said. Keysville Volunteer Fire Department responded in addition to Charlotte County Rescue and Meherrin Fire and Rescue.