“Fatal Crash in Botetourt County Claims Life of Mark Simpson”

By | July 16, 2023



Virginia State Police are currently investigating a fatal two-vehicle crash that occurred in Botetourt County. The accident took place at around 4:32 p.m. on Friday on Route 11, just south of Mountain Pass Road.

According to authorities, a 2000 Dodge Ram was traveling north on Route 11 when it crossed the center-line and collided head-on with a 2001 Ford F-250 pulling a cattle trailer, which was traveling south. Sadly, the driver of the Dodge, identified as 62-year-old Mark Simpson from Fincastle, was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident. He was rushed to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital but later succumbed to his injuries.

The Ford was being driven by 61-year-old Jeffrey M. Camper from Buchanan. Both Camper and a female passenger were wearing their seatbelts and sustained non-life-threatening injuries. They were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Tragically, several of the cattle being transported in the trailer were severely injured and had to be euthanized.

The Virginia State Police are currently investigating the crash to determine the exact cause. It is crucial for investigators to understand the circumstances that led to the Dodge Ram crossing the center-line and causing the collision. By piecing together the events leading up to the accident, they hope to gain insight into how it could have been prevented.

As the investigation progresses, authorities will be looking at various factors such as road conditions, driver behavior, and any potential mechanical issues with the vehicles involved. This information will help them determine if any charges should be filed or if additional safety measures need to be implemented to prevent similar accidents in the future.


The thoughts and condolences of the community go out to the family and friends of Mark Simpson during this difficult time..