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Father, son die in King George crash
A father and son have both died as the result of an accident that occurred when the pickup truck they were riding in went out of control and crashed head-on into an oncoming tractor-trailer, state police said.

Date published: 4/11/2009

By Keith Epps

A father and son have both died as the result of an accident that occurred when the pickup truck they were riding in went out of control and crashed head-on into an oncoming tractor-trailer, state police said.

Richard W. Carpenter Jr., 58, and Richard W. Carpenter III, 26, were both pronounced dead at Mary Washington Hospital following the crash on State Route 206 in King George County, state police spokesman Sgt. Tom Cunningham said.

According to Cunningham, the accident took place at 2:36 p.m. about two miles west of Indiantown Road. The two men and the younger Carpenter’s 4-year-old daughter were heading east in a 1994 Ford F-150 pickup truck that was pulling a large utility trailer.

The elder Carpenter hit his brakes after the utility trailer ran off the road to the right, police said. As he tried to regain control, the trailer, which did not have an operational braking system, caused the truck to cross the center yellow line. There it ran head-on into a 1998 flatbed tractor-trailer hauling industrial supplies. The impact caused the trailer to be detached from the pickup truck, Cunningham said.

The tractor-trailer driver, who was not charged, was treated for minor injuries at the hospital. Hailey Carpenter, 4, also suffered minor injuries and was treated at the hospital.

The road was closed for a significant amount of time as police and rescue workers tended to the injured and investigated the crash. The younger Carpenter man and his daughter were flown to Mary Washington, where he died several hours later.

Police said none of the Carpenters were properly restrained in the pickup. Trooper A.M. Bowen investigated the crash.

--Keith Epps