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Spotsy girl, 15, dies in Orange car crash

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A 15-year-old Spotsylvania County girl died in an auto accident Wednesday night.

The crash happened at 8:40 p.m. on Dulin Lane in the Mine Run area of Orange County, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. Les Tyler.

A southbound Mazda CX–7 rounded a curve near Catharpin Road and ran off the road, Tyler said. The car hit a tree and then ended up in the road.

“Speed appears to be a factor in the crash,” he said.

Kayla Longerbeam, who was in the front passenger seat, died at the scene. She was wearing her seat belt.

The driver, a 16-year-old boy from Spotsylvania, was not injured in the crash. He was wearing his seat belt.

A 17-year-old girl from Spotsylvania County was in the back seat. She was taken to an area hospital. Information on her injuries was not available. She also was wearing a seat belt.

No charges have been filed at this point.

Trooper A.D. Walker and the state police crash reconstruction team are handling the investigation.

—Scott Shenk

Traffic shift today  on Culpeper road

The traffic flow on Culpeper’s Sperryville Pike will be shifted today as workers install a water line.

Vehicles will still be able to travel in both directions but cones will mark where lanes will be shifted.

Motorists should expect some delays.

Pipe work impacts homes, businesses

Three Culpeper businesses and six homes at the Sycamore Street–North Main Street intersection will lose water for about six hours Tuesday night as the town replaces a pipe.

McDonalds, 7–Eleven and Amberwood Veterinary Hospital will not have water between the hours of 10 p.m. Tuesday and 4 a.m. Wednesday, according to town public information officer Wally Bunker.

The homes are all on Sycamore Street.

The pipe replacement is part of the roundabout construction near Wendy’s.

—Donnie Johnston