A fatal crash in early June resulted in one horse and one person dying, and a man being in critical condition. The Virginia State Police responded to the accident on Route 23 running through Scott County. The crash happened as a 2008 Hyundai Accent was going South along Route 23 when it hit a horse in the road. The driver, 66-year-old Jackson Harless from Pennington Gap, was taken over to Bristol Regional Medical Center. He arrived with life-threatening injuries.
The crash took place near mile marker seven and was reported right around 4 in the morning. That time frame fits most commuters. Route 23 is known for its winding stretches of road that can become quite foggy in the early morning hours. While visibility can become a concern, it’s unclear if visibility played a role in this crash.
The passenger in the Accent was not wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene. First responders arrived quickly, but there was little they could do to assist the passenger. The horse was also declared dead at the crash site. The Wytheville Division Crash Reconstruction crew is working with the Virginia State Police to understand what caused the accident. The crash recreation may help investigators determine if wearing a seatbelt would have changed the fate for the passenger.
However, investigators are trying to answer one key question, why was there was a horse on the road? While there are wild horse reserves in Virginia, Scott County certainly isn’t known for having free-roaming horses. It’s unclear whether the officers will begin questioning local residents or not. There is no information about the passenger’s identity or the elements of the driver’s injuries. We only know that the driver was in critical, but stable, condition and that the other two involved, the passenger, and horse did not survive the crash.
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