Jean Mitchell from Ivor Dies in Tractor-Trailer Wreck on Suffolk’s Route 58.

I was horrified to read about another fatal accident involving a tractor-trailer on Suffolk’s notorious Route 58.

The Virginian-Pilot reported on the death of an Ivor woman in a two-vehicle crash on Friday night.

The crash occurred just before 6 p.m. on U.S. 58, just before the Wilroy Road exit, a City of Suffolk news release said. It involved a tractor-trailer and a Toyota.

The scene of the wreck on Route 58

The location of the wreck on Route 58 in Suffolk

The victim was named as Jean M. Mitchell, 77, of Ivor.  She was the passenger in the Toyota. Her husband, Robert E. Mitchell, 81, is being treated  in a local hospital. He was reported to be in a serious condition, Saturday.

Fire crews had to cut the driver and the passenger from the Toyota. One person was airlifted to Nightingale to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured. The cause of the wreck is unclear.

My thoughts are with the family of Ms. Mitchell. We hope her husband recovers from his serious injuries.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured, the release said.

Fatal Accidents on Suffolk's Route 58 Near Wilroy Road

Friday’s wreck occurred close to the spot where a three-year-old boy from Franklin was killed in the summer.

Five others were injured in that terrible crash. Investigators said the driver of a Toyota passenger vehicle traveling east on Route 58 lost control, crossed the median and hit a Mazda minivan that was traveling west on 58.

The toddler and his mother were traveling in the Toyota. The mother was seriously injured and hospitalized at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

In the past, we have documented the appalling accident record of Route 58 in Suffolk.

This strategic route is used by many tractor trailers which pose a serious risk to other road users. The cause of this latest fatal wreck on Route 58 is unclear.

However, we know there are many causes of wrecks involving tractor-trailers including drowsy drivers, mechanical failures such as bad brakes and tire blow outs and even failures to load properly.

If you have lost a loved one or been seriously injured in a wreck involving a truck, you may have rights to file a lawsuit against a trucking company. Our Suffolk, VA trucking accident attorneys can help you. Call us for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.

Bill O'Mara

 

 

One Comment

  1. avatar Kathryn Andrews
    Posted December 4, 2016 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Mr. & Mrs. Mitchell were my neighbors. And the 3 y.o. little boy that died was the grandson of a high school friend. Hwy 58 has always been hazardous. It used to be Hwy 58 from Emporia to Courtland was the deadliest stretch. I was just recently in Virginia and drove the section of Hwy 58 from Suffolk to Franklin and was scared out of my wits. I truly pray that no more deaths will get VDOT to do what they need to do to end the senseless deaths.

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