Woman killed in head-on crash

Published 7:38 pm Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Smithfield mother was killed Thursday morning in a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer hauling livestock on Route 258 between Smithfield and Windsor.

Two children — a 6-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy — who also were in the car were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to a state police report.

Amy C. Pippin, 26, of Carroll Bridge Road in Smithfield, was driving a 1986 Ford Thunderbird southbound on Route 258 at about 8:30 a.m., when she attempted to pass a vehicle in front of her and was hit head-on by a northbound tractor-trailer, according to state police.

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Pippin died at the scene. The children were taken by ambulance to Sentara Obici Hospital, but they were later transferred by helicopter to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Hospital officials said Thursday evening that the children had been moved, probably to CHKD.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, whom police did not identify, was taken to Obici with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening.

All of the people involved in the accident were wearing seat belts, police said.

The tractor-trailer was carrying a load of livestock when the collision occurred, and several of the animals died in the collision, police said.