Carroll Co. woman trapped 12 hours after vehicle overturns on mountain

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CARROLL COUNTY, Va. — A woman was trapped in her vehicle for more than 12 hours after her vehicle overturned several times down the side of Stoots Mountain in Carroll County, the Carroll News reports.

Local officials say the woman, identified as Carolyn Kay Stephens, 44, of Austinville, Va., was lucky to have been spotted.

Authorities were alerted at 2:40 p.m. Thursday of an accident in the 2500 block of Stoots Mountain Road.

“She was traveling on Stoots Mountain Road, which is a dirt road, very narrow, very crooked and most locations two vehicles can’t pass in the opposite direction because of the narrow width. It is extremely rugged terrain, no residences around in either direction for a significant distance,” Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. Mike Musser told the Carroll News. “She ran off the side of the roadway and overturned several times down the side of the mountain. The vehicle came to rest against a tree.”

Authorities determined that the accident happened about 3 a.m. Thursday. Musser estimated that the vehicle came to rest against a tree between 50 and 75 feet down the mountain.

Musser said Stephens’ injuries are not believed to be life threatening, although the vehicle did roll several times and Stephens was not wearing a seat belt.

Stephens has been charged with reckless driving.

Due to the remote location of the accident, Musser told the Carroll News it was extremely fortunate someone spotted Stephens’ vehicle.