HANSONVILLE, Va. — Two people are dead, one person remains in critical condition and another person has been arrested following a crash near the Russell and Washington county line on U.S. Highway 19.
Shortly before 11:45 p.m. Friday, the Russell County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call about a wrong-way driver on 19. The Sheriff's Office immediately broadcast it to their deputies, the Washington County Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police.
Moments later, a 2003 Ford F350 flatbed pickup traveling south in the northbound lanes crested a hill and struck head-on a 2016 Nissan Rogue, according to Virginia State Police. Dense fog was reported at the time of the crash.
Four people from Rural Hall, North Carolina, who were wearing seat belts, were traveling in the Nissan Rogue, the VSP said. The driver, Brian Barnes, 46, was treated and released for minor injuries. A 13-year-old female passenger was flown to a hospital in Wake Forest for treatment of life-threatening injuries.
The Nissan's remaining two passengers did not survive the crash. Candace R. Barnes, 47, died at the scene. Brenda Fields, 66, was transported to Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, where she succumbed to her injuries early Saturday morning, VSP said.
The driver of the Ford, Treymane M. Ferguson, 51, of Ruther Glen, Virginia, was treated and released for minor injuries. Ferguson is being held without bail at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon on a charge of reckless driving and a charge of obstruction of justice, for refusing a warrant for a blood sample to be taken as part of the ongoing investigation.