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Culpeper man crashes into Albemarle police cruiser at scene of another crash

A Culpeper man has been charged with reckless driving after plowing his vehicle into an Albemarle County police cruiser at the scene of another collision in Crozet Friday.

There were no injuries to report in either crash, police said, but the second collision caused significant damage to every vehicle involved.

Albemarle officers said they responded to the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Rockfish Gap Turnpike off Interstate 64 around 4:32 p.m. Friday.

"Due to the crash, the westbound left lane of Rockfish Gap Turnpike was closed," the police department said in a statement. "ACPD patrol vehicles were stationary in the closed westbound lane with their emergency lights activated while a vehicle involved in the crash was being removed from the roadway by a wrecker."

At 6:03 p.m., police reported that a Chrysler minivan exited I-64 and struck the rear of an officer’s vehicle parked at the scene.

"The impact caused the officer’s vehicle to strike the rear of the vehicle being towed, which in turn struck the wrecker," police said. "The crash caused significant damage to all vehicles involved."

The 63-year-old driver of the Chrysler minivan, who police have not identified, has been charged with reckless driving.

The Albemarle County Police Department said the incident is a reminder that motorists in Virginia are expected to follow the commonwealth’s "Move Over Law": Drivers are required to move over one lane if passing stopped police or fire-rescue vehicles with flashing lights.

"Traffic-related incidents are a leading cause of death for law enforcement officers," the department said, "and we encourage everyone to take a simple step toward safety — move over when you see flashing lights on the roadside."


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