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Three injured in 4-vehicle crash

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By Patrick Smith

INDEPENDENCE — Three Grayson County residents were injured and a juvenile has been charged with reckless driving in a four-vehicle accident that occurred just west of Independence on April 9 around 4:30 p.m.

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State Trooper J.R. Alderman, who responded to the scene, said a gray Kia Rio driven by a juvenile Grayson County High School student, struck a red Dodge Durango driven by Dorothy Nell Morton of Independence, in the rear as she was attempting to turn left into the open shoulder just before the road goes from two to four lanes outside town limits.
Alderman said Morton’s vehicle was then pushed into oncoming traffic from the other lane, striking a white Chevy Malibu driven by another juvenile GCHS student, which caused the Malibu to run off the road to the right and into an embankment.
Meanwhile, Morton’s vehicle ran off the road and struck a parked red Dodge Durango being offered for sale by Charlie Hash.
According to Alderman, two of the drivers involved, Morton and the juvenile driving the Malibu, came away from the accident with severe but non-life threatening injuries, and remained hospitalized as of Monday. Morton was transported to Alleghany Memorial Hospital in Sparta, N.C., and the juvenile was flown to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., following the accident.
Alderman said the juvenile driving the Malibu had a concussion and was unresponsive when she was pulled from her vehicle, but was responsive later that evening at the hospital.
The juvenile driver of the Kia was treated for minor injuries (a scraped knee) at Twin County Regional Hospital. She was charged with reckless driving.
“It was a quite costly accident,” said Alderman. “But it could’ve been much, much worse.”
Alderman also praised members of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department, Independence Police Department and the Independence Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, who responded to the accident and quickly cleared the scene.