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Ashburn woman dies in Leesburg crash

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The victim in Friday night's collision has been identified as 39-year-old Erin T. Kaplan of Ashburn, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

Around 4:50 p.m., the driver of a 2000 Thomas bus converted into a food truck was traveling east on Watson Road when they ran a stop sign and struck a 2014 Audi Station wagon traveling northbound on Evergreen Mills Road, according to the LCSO.

The driver of the bus and two juvenile passengers were taken to the StoneSprings Hospital Center emergency room for treatment of minor injuries. They have since been released.

Kaplan, the driver of the Audi, lost her life at the scene. Additionally, an adult passenger and three juvenile passengers were airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital. All four remain hospitalized, and one of the juveniles is in critical condition.

The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending after review by the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.


Evergreen Mills/Watson Road is one of the unsafest intersections in Loudoun County.  The food truck, from Winchester, was another rush hour Route 50 short cutter, traveling unsafe Watson Road. We are praying for the young mother and her family.

I have driven this stretch of road several times and it is outright dangerous.  I did not spend the 600K plus to buy one of the SFH’s there brand new construction strictly because that Evergreen road is a death trap. I bought way on the east side of Leesburg near river creek pkwy right off the 7 freeway and feel much safer.

Evergreen mills was NEVER designed to handle that volume of cars. Something (I don’t know what) needs to be done to fix that road.

WHo in the right mind would spend 600K plus on one of those homes ? It is death wish b/c of that road. I question the same thing for those that bought SFHs along the 15 freeway death trap.

Very sad, I was Briar Woods HS around that time and heard the sirens.
VDOT is AWOL in northern Va. Way too many dangerous roads. Many roads go without Lights, just stop signs. Too many people don’t understand how stop signs work or what right of way means.

Evergreen Mills Road is becoming a death trap these days. Anyone driving this road that is not familiar with it should use extra caution, especially at this intersection. There’s much more traffic than ever due to all the new construction, residents, etc. God bless all those involved.

Wonder how long it will take them to charge the driver of the bus/food truck. Did he lawyer up at the scene? I’m not impressed with the Commwealth’s Attorney’s record in prosecuting cases like this.

So many people pull out from Wayson onto Evergreen Mills without stopping. I cannot tell you how many times people have pulled out in front of me. I literally come to a crawl when I drive on that part of Evergreen Mills. It terrifies me that someone is going to pull out and I will run into them or they will run into me. This accident was avoidable. People, stop signs are not optional!

Shasha20175—it could have been a mechanical/brake problem. It is an old bus.  Let the investigators do their work before judging.  Prayers for the survivors.  Such a sad story.

Such a sad story, prayers for the families of the injured and deceased.

The BOS should call on Loudoun county/VDOT to dig up the Roadway Safety Assessment for the intersection at Evergreen Mills Rd. and Watson Rd. and determine what preventative measures can be made to avoid this from happening again. 

How can you NOT stop at that stop sign??  It’s a blind curve ... prayers for the family fighting for their lives.

My prayers for the family of this young mother, and for the other victims, that they would recover physically.  Kudos to the heroic Loudoun rescue teams, the police, and the LCSO who were at the scene and assisting. This must have been very difficult for all of them. Praying for them, too, as they deal with the emotional aftermath of the rescue efforts. May God be near to the brokenhearted and comfort them.

Sad…I pray for her and her family.

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