Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Bus. Rt. 7 Closed; Phones Out in Hamilton; Residents Asked to Use Cell Phones in Emergency

According to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, a Leesburg man is in critical condition and is facing DUI and contributing to the delinquency of a minor charges after a single vehicle crash overnight in Hamilton. The roadway remains closed at this time but is expected to re-open shortly. Utility companies will remain on the scene for the next several hours to restore power, phone and cable to the immediate area.
Jose Alberto Ayala, 19, was traveling east on East Colonial Highway shortly after 2 a.m. when he lost control of the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe he was driving. The vehicle traveled into the westbound lane, overcorrected and slammed into two utility poles. Speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash.   
A 17-year-old passenger in the SUV was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. He was charged with possession of alcohol by a minor. Ayala was airlifted to INOVA Fairfax Hospital where he remains hospitalized. He is facing charges of driving under the influence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.   
The crash resulted in a limited service interruption of telephone service in the Town of Hamilton and the immediate surrounding area of Loudoun County.  Residents are advised to use cellular phones to contact the Loudoun County Emergency (9-1-1) Communications Center in the event of a police, fire or medical emergency.

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