Trucker driver charged in Route 24 crash

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From Virginia State Police:  Police are continuing their investigation into an early morning crash which occurred on Route 24 at the intersection of Joppa Mill Road shortly after 6:00 am this morning. The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2000 Volvo tractor-trailer was heading southbound on Joppa Mill road approaching Route 24 when the driver stated his brakes failed causing him to go through the intersection striking a guard rail.  The truck was blocking both lanes of Route 24 when a Lincoln Navigator which was traveling westbound on Route 24 struck the trailer portion of the tractor-trailer which was blocking its lane.  The driver of the tractor-trailer John E. Taylor, age 58, of Moneta, Virginia was not injured in the crash and he was charged with reckless driving. The driver of the Lincoln Navigator Kenneth Tuck, age 82 of Roanoke , Virginia and his passenger Chester Bates, age 54, of Moneta, Virginia both suffered minor injuries in the crash but they were not transported to the hospital. The Virginia State Police motor carrier division was called in to assist with the crash investigation.  No further information regarding the investigation is available at this time.

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