Police Investigate Augusta County Double Fatal Accident

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Virginia State Police are investigating a double-fatal accident in Augusta County near Staunton.

Shortly before noon Friday, police say a cattle truck crossed over the center lane on Route 254 and hit two people in a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier head on.

The collision killed the driver of the Cavalier, 52-year-old Gaylon Adkins and his passenger, 70-year-old Roy Jackson. Both Adkins and Jackson were from Augusta Springs.

The driver of the cattle truck was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

State troopers, Augusta County deputies and the Churchville Volunteer Fire Department responded to the crash. Traffic was stopped in both directions near the intersection of Route 254 and Route 42 for hours as police investigated the scene.

Virginia State Police Press Release

Virginia State Police Trooper A.T. Coffey is still investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash in Augusta County. At 11:59 a.m. Friday, Virginia State Police were called to the scene of the crash on Route 254 near the intersection of Route 42 in the Buffalo Gap community.

Route 254 is still closed for the crash investigation. Thus, motorists traveling through that area should seek an alternate route.

A cattle truck was eastbound on Route 254 when it crossed the centerline and struck head on a westbound 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. The driver of the Cavalier, Gaylon W. Adkins, 52, of Augusta Springs, and passenger, Roy J. Jackson, 70, of Augusta Springs, died at the scene.

The driver of the truck was transported on to UVA Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time. The Virginia State Police’s Appomattox Division Accident Investigation Team and Motor Carrier Safety Team are both on scene assisting with the investigation.

The truck was loaded the cattle at the time of the crash. None of the cattle died in the crash. All of the cattle have been safely removed from the truck and transported from the scene.

Corinne N. Geller
Public Relations Director
Virginia State Police

NBC29 Note:  The name of the driver of the truck has not been released, Virginia State Police are working to confirm the information.