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Police searching for vehicle that caused Henry County investigator to crash

Updated: Jun 16, 2021

AXTON, VA – Virginia State Police are asking for help identifying a person who hospitalized a sheriff's investigator in Axton last month.

On Sunday, May 23, around 3:15 p.m., Henry County Sheriff's Investigator T.W. Farmer, 52, of Martinsville was driving west in an unmarked 2015 Ford Taurus on A.L. Philpott Highway when a silver Ford F-150 in the left lane made a sudden lane change, according to State Police.

Police say Farmer swerved to avoid hitting the oncoming pickup truck and ended up running off the right side of the highway, striking several signs and crashing into an embankment near Sugar Tree Drive.

The F-150 never made contact with Farmer’s Taurus and did not stop.

Farmer was airlifted to a nearby hospital and is still recovering from serious injuries sustained in the crash.

According to police, he was wearing a seat belt and was not speeding at the time of the crash.

Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 540-375-9500 or email



AXTON, VA – An investigator with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was hospitalized Sunday afternoon following a motor vehicle accident.

The Axton Volunteer Fire Department and the Henry County Department of Public Safety were dispatched to the crash on A.L. Philpott Highway at the intersection of Sugar Tree Drive at 3:19 p.m.

The male victim was airlifted to the hospital.

“When the investigator was flown, he was speaking to us and was able to articulate,” Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry told BTW21 News at the scene.

The sheriff said he couldn't share any details since it's a Virginia State Police investigation.

BTW21 News has reached out to state police and as of Monday, they had not responded.

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