One dead in Charlotte Court House crash

Published 10:41 am Thursday, April 21, 2016


Two separate accidents involving tractor trailers on Thomas Jefferson Highway resulted in one fatality and one injury on Wednesday.

On Thomas Jefferson Highway, just north of Germantown Road in the Charlotte Court House area, an accident involving a tractor trailer resulted in the death 64-year-old Raymond Smith, of Saxe.

Andrew P. Horvath, 46, of Drakes Branch was traveling north in a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado when the vehicle crossed the center line striking a 1997 Wester Star Tractor Trailer driven by Smith, according to Virginia State Police.

Police said the impact caused the tractor trailer to lose control, run off the left side of the road and strike trees. As a result, the tractor trailer caught fire and Smith died at the scene. Horvath was not injured in the crash.

Smith’s body has been transported to the medical examiner for positive identification and the cause of the crash is under investigation.

The same afternoon, Christina Trager, 24, of Frankford, Del., was driving a 2013 Dodge Caravan heading north on Thomas Jefferson Highway near route 662 in the Madisonville area when she crossed the centerline, according to police.

Police said upon crossing the centerline, Trager struck the trailer wheels of a 2001 Freightliner Tractor Trailer traveling southbound driven by Greg S. Frazier, 44, of Huddleston.

After striking the trailer, Trager lost control of the vehicle and slid sideways into a southbound 2010 Ford Ranger driven by Lensey C. Glover, 75, of Keysville.

Trager was airlifted to Lynchburg General Hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. No other injuries were reported in this incident. Charges are currently pending.

No one has been charged in either incident.

Trooper J.D. Gregory is the investigating officer in the crashes.