Scott County deputy, two others charged in five-vehicle crash

Mike Still • Nov 27, 2019 at 12:17 PM

NICKELSVILLE – A Scott County sheriff’s deputy and two other drivers were charged with following too closely after an early-morning crash injured two drivers near Nickelsville on Wednesday.

According to Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller, the five-vehicle crash occurred at about 7:41 a.m. on Route 71, Nickelsville Highway, near the Route 671 intersection.

A 2018 Subaru in the northbound Route 71 lane slowed to avoid a deer coming from the roadside, Geller said. A following Scott County Sheriff’s Department Dodge Charger driven by Deputy Anthony J. Hass, 28, hit the Subaru’s rear bumper.

Hass’ vehicle then went across the southbound lane and hit an oncoming 2005 Toyota Corolla driven by Mark Greer, 49, of Lebanon, Virginia. Greer’s vehicle then was hit from behind by a Ford F-150 pickup driven by Anthony Layton, 48, of Castlewood.

Layton’s pickup then was hit from behind by another Corolla driven by Jessica Burke, 38, of Nickelsville. Burke’s car then ran off the southbound lane and hit an embankment.

Hass and Greer were taken to Ballad Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport after suffering severe but non-life-threatening injuries, Geller said. Both men were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, she said.

Hass’ vehicle was not operating a siren or emergency lights at the time of the crash, Geller said.

State Master Trooper J.L. Flanary cited Hass, Layton and Burke for following too closely. The crash remains under investigation.