VDOT announces closure of railroad crossing in Frederick County

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The Virginia Department of Transportation will close the Winchester and Western Railroad crossing at Route 661 (Welltown Road) in Frederick County for repairs.

The closure will begin on Tuesday, November 28th at 7 am and will conclude by 12 midnight on Friday, December 1st.

Northbound traffic will follow a detour to Route 672 (Hopewell Road) to I-81 and exit 321 at Clearbrook.

Southbound travelers will take exit 321 to Route 672 to complete the detour.

Truck restrictions will be lifted on Route 661 during this period.

All work is weather permitting.

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Police chase ends in Frederick County

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A police chase began in Berkeley County where officers pursued a vehicle on 81 south under suspicion of a DUI.

The vehicle, listed as stolen in Jefferson County, then entered Frederick County before taking exit 323 and continuing south.

Officers deployed a successful spike strip at Welltown Road.

Then the suspect, Matthew Kerlin, 31, led the officers on a brief foot chase.

Kerlin claimed to have swallowed methamphetamines during the pursuit and showed signs of overdosing when EMS arrived at the location.

He was then taken to Winchester Medical Center for treatment.

Kerlin will face charges including possession of drugs and a stolen vehicle, felony eluding, and driving suspended.

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