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Two injured as car topples into Upperville creek Monday

After hitting multiple road signs, an SUV ran down an embankment and toppled into a stream sending the driver and passenger to the hospital for injuries Monday, according to the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office.

Just after 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon, Feb. 8, deputies responded to the intersection of John S. Mosby Highway and Trappe Road for an accident, according to Deputy Lance Davenport of the FCSO.

The eastbound 2003 Ford Explorer crossed into the median and struck several street signs, Davenport said. The vehicle continued across the westbound lane and hit another sign before running off the road and down the embankment into a creek where it struck a bridge support and turned onto the driver's side.

Both the driver and passenger were transported by ground to Winchester Medical Center for injuries. The cause of crash is under investigation and charges are pending, Davenport said.

"This was a very peculiar accident, but we didn't know it was an accident," a neighbor, Hollie Satterfield, said.

Satterfield's property overlooks the bridge and didn't see anybody or see the accident, but was near the bridge when the ambulances took two people away. When deputies arrived to extract the car she saw the debris and realized it was an accident scene.

"What's peculiar about this accident," Satterfield said, "was that the car was apparently headed eastbound and it crossed the road and traveled for at least a tenth of a mile on the embankment, parallel to the bridge in a 35 mph zone," Satterfield said.

She helped pick up debris from the accident along the creek and near the bridge.

"Walking the route that the car traveled was just amazing," Satterfield said. "If they were doing the speed limit, how they ended up there is a mystery."