Carroll County deputy injured in wreck

Staff Report

FANCY GAP, Va. — A Carroll County, Virginia, deputy received “serious, but non-life threatening, injuries” in a car crash here late Monday night.

According to Virginia State Police reports, Deputy Josh Bowers was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Caprice police car at around 11:50 p.m. on U.S. 52 at the top of Fancy Gap Mountain when his vehicle and a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck collided.

“The crash remains under investigation at this time,” the state police said in written statement. “State police are looking into a mechanical issue with the deputy’s vehicle as being a factor in the crash.”

Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner shed a little more light on the incident.

“We are not sure at this time what happened. There was no chase, he was not turning on a car, no blue lights, no speed. He had just pulled out from Cockerham’s (Convenience Mart) with Cody Edwards right behind him,” Gardner said. Edwards is another deputy who was driving a second police cruiser.

“He may have been running 30 miles per hour. The car jerked left, he couldn’t turn the wheel and the front headlights went off. The rear lights stayed on. He got it stopped in the road and the truck couldn’t stop in time.”

The pickup truck was driven by a 70-year-old male from Willis, Virginia. Neither law agency would release the name of the 70-year-old, although the state police said he suffered minor injuries in the crash and was treated at the scene.

Gardner said Bowers was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem with a broken pelvis and may be hospitalized for a while.

This was the second wreck this year involving a Carroll County deputy. On March 9, Deputy Curtis Bartlett was killed when his police cruiser crashed into a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Interstate 77 and U.S. 58 in Hillsville. He was driving at a high rate of speed, with lights and siren on, while on his way to join other deputies chasing two suspects at the time. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured and not charged.

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