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UPDATE: Purcellville man seriously injured after Route 287 crash

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A Purcellville man is in critical condition after the truck he was driving on Wednesday struck a utility pole on Route 287.

Chad Christopher Horton, 34, was airlifted from the scene, just north of Wheatland near John Wolford Road, to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

As of Wednesday night, he was listed in critical condition, according to Kraig Troxell, spokesman for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said Horton was driving south on Route 287 around noon when, for unknown reasons, he drove off the right side of the road and lost traction. He then overcorrected to the left while crossing the northbound lane of the road and went onto the east shoulder where his truck flipped onto its passenger side and struck the utility pole.

The pole was broken in two places, authorities said.

A motorist traveling north on Route 287 came upon the crash moments later and called for help.

Rescue crews from Purcellville, Lovettsville and Leesburg and the Virginia State Police responded to the crash which closed at least one lane of traffic for hours while deputies with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

Authorities said a preliminary investigation suggests Horton was speeding at the time of the crash.

He was not wearing his seatbelt, but authorities said his airbag did deploy.


to the editor….is there any update on the Horton boy….hows he doing

Any update on the Horton boy…hows he doing?? nothing posted for awhile…god bless him

To the Horton Family:  Our prayers are with you and Chad.  Our prayers are also with Sheila.  Slandering and pointing fingers will not aid in his healing process.  Now is the time to come together ... swallow your pride ... and allow Chad the respect he deserves to be with whom he truly loves and has chosen to share his life.  Chad and Sheila were very good friends, close to us and very dear to us.  Both Chad and Sheila deserve much more respect than shown in the comments below.  Our prayers go out to all of you.

Jeannie, Jerry and family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this tragic time of need.
It’s God’s time now to work on Chad. To fix him and give him back to your family. With much love from family to family. Mom wanted to say that her and Dad are praying for Chad. Missy(myself) and the family are praying and thinking of him always.Keeping Chad on our thoughts and minds until he recovers. With love Missy and family

From the reporter:

The story is up to date. Chad Horton is still in critical condition as of April 11, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Crystal Owens

Sheila, we are so sorry about this devastating event. Our prayers are with you and Chad and all family and friends. Stay strong and God bless you.
Susan and Elena

The bigger the city you live in,the more people are much ruder, Thats one reason I moved from there.My prayers are with Chad and his loved ones.

Jeanie this is renee janice meeks (edwards) daughter we just heard about chad. We hope all is weill. We love yall and we will keep chad in our prayers.

terrible accident

I hope this man recovers quickly and fully, and I hope he, his family and all effected pull through this terrible ordeal.

These comments . . . goodness, what possesses people to judge and assume as some have here?  How can things like AIDS and hate be mentioned in comments after a story like this?

LTM, for decency

@ Shiela,
  You are NOT part of the Horton Family and NEVER will be..You are a sick,immature,a liar,thieving witch.This Family is going thru enought with out your simple mind writing comments that are Not true.

“After reading all the negative and rude comments I now remember why I hate people!  Get well soon Chad!”

I agree, “FTW.” I have never seen the amount of rudeness and non-caring attitude that I see here everyday. Guess it is par for the course when you are from Northern VA. Thank the Lord that there are STILL some kind people in this area (and on this board), and I am glad to hear that Chad is doing well and on the road to recovery. Prayers for him, his family, and the ugliness that is common in this area.

To all the wonderful and caring individuals who are requesting an update on Chad ... Chad is recovering slowly.  He needs rest and quiet time in order to heal.  Let’s respect his family and loved ones’ requests to make announcements when the time is appropriate.

can anyone update us on Chads condition?

Chad, Its a miracle that you survived and I think that God has a plan for you. You will come back home soon and you will be able to walk again just like you did when you stepped out of you house
God bless you and your family

Sorry for the typos…and email is
[email protected] for the below question…thanks!
If anyone can answer asap it would be greatly appreciated.

Would someone PLEASE update me on this man’s condiotion? My sister was the first on the scene and has been traumatized and crying since. She said it was a helpless, horible feeling to wait for help after she called 911 and with HIPPA laws, no one can give her answers on his condition. She wanted to at least hold his hand so he was not alone but couldn’t because of the transformer. Please email me at   [email protected] asap.  Everyone is in our prayers. Thank you.

Chad and Family,
It is times like this that seperate the true caring and loving people from the selfish motivated people.
My heart and prayers go out to the entire family.
If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.
For those whom cast judgement, a familiar passage says ” let he who is with out sin cast the first stone”!

On behalf of all our worshipers here at UMC, our prayers go out to Chad, Sheila, and the Horton family.  If we can provide any assistance please do not hesitate to let us know.

This is a human being with a very loving family. Whom has lived in Loudoun County for years. Those of you judging probably think you are perfect.. Well NO ONE is perfect… My prayers go out to the Horton’s…

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