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Driver dies in fiery crash

A Pennsylvania truck driver died after a fiery three-vehicle crash that shut down lanes of busy U.S. 29 in Culpeper County for much of Wednesday.

Sgt. Les Tyler of the Virginia State Police said troopers responded to the intersection of U.S. 29 and State Route 663 (Atlanthus Road) near Brandy Station at 7:15 a.m. for reports of a crash.

Tyler said a 2004 Chevy coupe was stopped at a traffic light in the right northbound lane of U.S. 29 at Route 663, and was in front of a 2012 Volvo tractor–trailer from Culpeper Wood Preservers that was carrying a load of lumber.

A 2006 Mack truck hauling vegetables for Willow Run produce struck the stopped tractor–trailer from the rear, which in turn rammed into the Chevy, pushing it into the intersection, Tyler said.

Both tractor–trailers went through the intersection and went off to the right side of the road, where they caught fire, he said.

The driver of the Mack truck, 68-year-old Homer H. Nolt, of New Holland, Pa., died at the scene as a result of injuries in the crash.

The driver of the Volvo truck was transported by ambulance to Culpeper Regional Hospital and the Chevy driver was flown to Mary Washington Hospital. Their conditions are unknown.

The crash caused extensive damage to the traffic signals and pole at the intersection. A Virginia Department of Transportation crew had to make repairs and the intersection remained closed for hours. Detours were put in place to keep traffic moving.

Tyler said the crash is under investigation by trooper D.W. Villarroel. He is being assisted by the Virginia State Police’s Motor Carrier Team and the Crash Reconstruction Team. The Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office and Culpeper Fire and Rescue units responded, he said.

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