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VSP Investigates Fatal Crash in Buckingham County

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Virginia State troopers are investigating a fatal crash in Buckingham County Friday. According to investigators, two people died and another was seriously injured when an ambulance collided with a cement truck.

Investigators say the ambulance, traveling southbound, crossed into the northbound lane on Route 20 near the intersection of Route 699 in Buckingham, where it collided with a cement truck.

The driver of the ambulance, Timothy K. Southern, 21, of Waynesboro, died at the scene. Also in the ambulance, a medical technician, Heath P. Davis, and patient, Howard L. Watson, 82, of Dillwyn were flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center. Watson died at UVA Medical Center later on Friday.

According to State Police no charges have been filed.


The NBC29 newsroom received the following release from Virginia State Police:

At 12:20 p.m. Virginia State Police Trooper T.C. Edmondston was called to the scene of a two-vehicle fatal crash on Route 20 near the intersection of Route 699 in Buckingham County.

Two people were killed and one person was seriously injured in the crash. The ambulance was traveling southbound on Route 20 when it crossed the centerline into the northbound lane. A cement-mixing truck was unable to avoid the oncoming ambulance and the two vehicles collided.

The impact of the crash caused the ambulance to overturn onto its side. The driver of the ambulance, Timothy K. Southern, 21, of Waynesboro, died at the scene. Southern was wearing a seat belt. A medical technician, Heath P. Davis, and patient, Howard L. Watson, 82, of Dillwyn, were riding in the back of the ambulance.

 Both were flown to UVA Hospital in Charlottesville. Davis, 24, is listed in stable condition. Watson died at the hospital later Friday. The driver of the cement mixer, John W. Dorman II, 29, of Charlottesville, was not injured in the crash. Dorman was wearing a seat belt. The Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to assist with the investigation, which remains ongoing at this time.

No charges will be filed. Route 20 was re-opened by 5:15 p.m.

Update from the Virginia State Police:

The ambulance was traveling southbound on Route 20 when it crossed the centerline into the northbound lane. A cement-mixing truck was unable to avoid the oncoming ambulance and the two vehicles collided.

The impact of the crash caused the ambulance to overturn onto its side. The driver of the ambulance, Timothy K. Southern, 21, of Waynesboro, died at the scene.

Southern was wearing a seat belt. A medical technician, Heath P. Davis, and patient, Howard L. Watson, 82, of Dillwyn, were riding in the back of the ambulance. Both were flown to UVA Hospital in Charlottesville.

Davis, 24, is listed in stable condition. Watson died at the hospital later Friday. The driver of the cement mixer, John W. Dorman II, 29, of Charlottesville, was not injured in the crash. Dorman was wearing a seat belt.

The Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to assist with the investigation, which remains ongoing at this time. No charges will be filed. Route 20 was re-opened by 5:15 p.m.

The ambulance is owned and operated by Priority Ambulance and was en-route from UVA Hospital in Charlottesville to a nursing home at the time of the crash.

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