Sunday Night Crash Injures Driver and Closes Route 50

A serious accident on Route 50 critically injured a driver and closed the major road through Clarke County in both directions Sunday night.

The single vehicle accident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m near Blandy Farm Lane. Twenty-three year old Michael Devore of Broad Run, VA. was traveling eastbound on Route 50 in a 2004 Ford Explorer when, approximately 1 mile east of Route 340, he ran off the road on the right shoulder. Devore over-corrected to the left causing the vehicle to roll over.

Rescue personnel arrived on the scene shortly after the accident and said they found the driver trapped under the vehicle. The victim was transported via Medevac to Inova hospital.

No information was available on the driver’s condition.

The crash is being investigated by VSP Trooper W.E. Street.

The victim was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.



  1. T. Johnson says:

    The accident happened outside of my house and I was one of the first to arrive on the scene. The driver was actually ejected from the vehicle and we found him 20 or so feet away lying fast down in the grass (not under his vehicle, thank God). He was bleeding from his mouth and was unconscious. I checked his vitals and he had a pulse. Police and paramedics arrived shortly thereafter. Praying he’s ok and checking various news sites constantly today for updates.

    • T. Johnson:

      Thanks for taking care of him. He’s a friend of mine and I truly appreciate your efforts.

  2. We were also at the scene before paramedics arrived. I am so glad to see that he was alive and medevaced out, we were praying like crazy for him. Deb, can you give an update on him? I hope and pray he is still doing well.

  3. fiddlerddrn says:

    He suffered 4 cervical fractures, 3 thoracic fractures, 2 rib fractures and a head injury. Miraculously, he WALKED out of the hospital Saturday!!

  4. Traveler says:

    He is such a lucky man! Please, please, please. Always wear a seat belt. You may not be as lucky.

  5. Cindy DeVore says:

    I am Cindy DeVore, Michael’s mom. His dad and I want to thank everyone who was involved in Michael’s rescue. The Clarke County Sheriff’s office told me that, according to the accident report, the Boyce Fire Department was the first unit to arrive on the scene. All told, I believe Trooper Street said there were 6 or 7 agencies that responded to the accident and rescue. We want to let everyone know that these professionals and members of the community (thank you, Travis Johnson) did everything right that night to save our son’s life and prevent him from being paralyzed. The injuries he received to his cervical and thoracic spine almost always cause victims to be quadriplegics, so the manner in which he was handled and treated on the scene, as well as his transport to the Trauma unit at Inova Fairfax Hospital were crucial.

    To all First Responders involved… Thank you for being the very best professionals you can possibly be, and thank you for saving our son’s life.

    God bless.

    Cindy & Art DeVore