A contracted utility worker assisting with restoring power in the area after last weekend’s severe weather died in a multiple vehicle crash on Rt. 7 near Bluemont Tuesday night.
Jacqueline R. Green, 57, of Milton, FL, was driving a 2004 Freightliner bucket truck pulling a service trailer northbound on Blue Ridge Mountain Road around 7:20 p.m. when, according to witnesses, the truck moved into the southbound lane. Green, according to witnesses, was able to steer to the left and pass the first truck in a convoy of utility vehicles and then continued on toward the intersection with Rt. 7. Witness accounts indicate the Freightliner went into the eastbound lanes of Rt. 7 where it struck a 2008 Freightliner tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer was pushed into the side of a 2012 Toyota Tacoma driving eastbound.
According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, it appears there were problems with the brakes on the vehicle.
Green died at the scene. A front seat passenger in the bucket truck, Jonathan Powell, of Florida, was transported to Winchester Medical Center. The driver of the pick-up and her juvenile passenger, who have not been identified, were taken to Inova Loudoun Hospital-Cornwall Campus where they were treated and released. The driver of tractor-trailer was also taken to Inova Loudoun Hospital’s Cornwall campus.
After a preliminary investigation, members of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Unit are looking at the brakes on the utility truck as the cause of the accident. Witness accounts indicated Green lost control of her truck’s brakes on the downhill grade on Blue Mountain Ridge Road, and the vehicle had been picking up speed as it continued downhill.
Green was driving in a convoy of three Gulf Power trucks from Florida in the area as part of a mutual aid agreement assisting Dominion Virginia Power crews. The three trucks were headed to a staging area near the southwest corner of the intersection.
Rt. 7 was closed for more than 10 hours during the investigation and recovery effort. Investigation into the incident continues with units from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Safety Unit.