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VDOT snow plow runs off road and slams into tree

Posted at 11:02 AM, Jan 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-27 12:53:58-05

POWHATAN COUNTY, Va. -- A crash that involved a Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) truck closed Maidens Road (Route 522) near Solomans Path for several hours Tuesday in Powhatan. The driver was able to walk around after the crash, but was taken to the hospital as a precaution. All lanes reopened at about 1 p.m.

"The crash involved a 1995 International snow plow which was spreading sand onto the roadway when it ran off the road to the right came back onto the road, ran of the road left and struck a tree.  There were no other vehicles involved in the crash," Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Vick said. "The driver of the 1995 International snow plow, Durlin Harris, 47, of Powhatan, Va. was transported to [VCU Medical Center] with non-life threatening injuries.  He was wearing a seat belt."

Powhatan emergency crews were first alerted to the crash at about 9:24 a.m. The dispatch officer said while they did receive several calls for disabled vehicles during Tuesday morning's snow storm, the VDOT truck crash was the only incident which required an emergency medical response.

The truck, according to VDOT, would cost about $125,000 to replace.

Up to two inches of snow fell on parts of Central Virginia Tuesday morning. Many school systems, including Powhatan, cancelled classes for the day.