Truck, Motorcycle Accident Sends Man to Hospital in Nelson
A witness calls a truck driver a hero after what could have been a deadly crash in part of Nelson County.
The truck driver was taken to the hospital after crashing his rig to avoid hitting a motorcyclist around 4 p.m. Thursday. The truck is all but destroyed, but the man on the bike walked away without injury.
At the intersection of Route 29 and Rockfish River Road, police say a tractor-trailer was coming off Route 29 trying to turn onto Rockfish River Road when a motorcycle pulled out in front of him.
According to a witness and one of the first people to call 911, Kelly Wilmer, "The motorcyclist stopped but he didn't take enough time to stop to really look and see because it's kind of hard to miss a tractor-trailer coming towards you."
Police say the driver of the tractor-trailer did everything in his power to avoid the motorcycle but still ended up clipping the front of it. That's when the tractor-trailer hit a hill and turned on its side.
One student, Nathan Wooten, had just gotten off the school bus and witnessed the whole thing.
"The motorcycle was going across the road and the tractor-trailer tried to avoid it and then it hit the hillside and landed in this front yard," Wooten said.
The driver of the truck was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center in good condition. The truck is all but destroyed.
The driver of the motorcycle was not injured. He has been charged with failure to yield.
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