Woman injured when car rolls down embankment

Posted: June 18, 2013

The Winchester Star

Police officers and fire and rescue personnel work the scene of a single-vehicle accident in the northbound lanes of Va. 37, about a mile south of Northwestern Pike (U.S. 50), Monday morning. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)

WINCHESTER — A 54-year-old Front Royal woman was injured Monday when her vehicle drove off Va. 37 and rolled down an embankment.

The single-vehicle crash occurred around 7:20 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the highway, about a mile south of Northwestern Pike (U.S. 50), according to Virginia State Police Sgt. F.L. Tyler.

Susan Diane Wertz was driving her 2002 Lexus when she ran off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail.

A witness traveling behind the vehicle said the car went airborne as it went off the right side of the road, then tumbled down the embankment.

Wertz, who was the only occupant of the car, was trapped for about 45 minutes before being transported to Winchester Medical Center.

Tyler did not know what her condition was late Monday. He said Trooper B.G. Davis investigated the crash, and that speed appears to be a factor.

Wertz was wearing her seat belt.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Millbrook, Round Hill and Rouss volunteer fire and rescue companies assisted State Police at the scene.

Bobby Ford of The Winchester Star contributed to this article.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com