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Several people injured after nine-vehicle pileup on Route 220 in Ridgeway

Updated: Feb 11, 2020

RIDGEWAY, VA – Four people were injured after a pileup involving nine vehicles in Ridgeway on Monday.

It occurred on Route 220 in front of Drewry Mason Elementary School at 2:25 p.m.

According to state police, an International box truck traveling north on Greensboro Road merged into the right turn lane, where multiple vehicles were stopped and waiting to turn right onto Drewry Mason School Road.

The box truck sideswiped five of those vehicles before pushing a sixth vehicle, a 2016 Ram pickup, off the right side of the road.

The box truck and the sixth vehicle came to rest against an embankment, but not before the box truck struck the rear of a seventh vehicle, a 2012 Chevrolet van, in the turn lane.

When the box truck struck the rear of the 2012 Chevrolet van, that sparked a chain reaction crash involving two additional vehicles in front of it.

Four drivers were transported to SOVAH Health in Martinsville for treatment of minor injuries.

The driver of the box truck, William C. Leonard, 21, of Winston Salem, N.C., was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured in the crash.

He was charged with reckless driving for failing to maintain control of the vehicle.

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