On the afternoon of April 3rd a vehicle traveling eastbound on Route 7 was involved in a single car crash that snarled weekend traffic near the Shenandoah River. The incident occurred when the driver, Brian Elgin, slipped off the roadway onto the right shoulder of the road and over-corrected sending the vehicle across traffic lanes into the gully in the median between the east and west bound lanes. The vehicle rolled 3 times and came to rest in the west bound lane of Route 7 where it caught fire with the driver and a 17 year old passenger pinned inside. A bystander who arrived behind the wreck was able to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher. The driver and passenger were freed from the vehicle and taken to Winchester Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
An off duty Loudoun County Deputy who witnessed the accident estimated that the vehicle was traveling 90-95 MPH at the time of the accident. The driver was charged with reckless driving and underage possession of alcohol.