Shortly before 11:45 p.m., the Russell County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call about a wrong-way driver on Route 19. The sheriff's office immediately broadcast it to their deputies, the Washington County Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police. Moments later, a 2003 Ford F350 flatbed pickup traveling south in the northbound lanes of Route 19 crested a hill and struck head-on a 2016 Nissan Rogue. There was dense fog at that location at the time of the crash.
There was a driver and three passengers in the Nissan Rogue. All four are from Rural Hall, N.C. and were wearing seat belts. The driver, Brian Barnes, 46, was treated and released for minor injuries. A 13-year-old female passenger was flown to a hospital in Wake Forest for treatment of life-threatening injuries.
The Nissan's remaining two passengers did not survive the crash. Candace R. Barnes, 47, died at the scene. Brenda Fields, 66, was transported to Johnston Memorial Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries early Saturday morning (May 4).
The driver of the Ford, Treymane M. Ferguson, 51, of Ruther Glen, Va., was treated and released for minor injuries. He was wearing a seat belt.
Ferguson is being held without bond on a charge of reckless driving and a charge of obstruction of justice, for refusing a warrant for a blood sample to be taken as part of the ongoing investigation