Ashburn Woman Dies in Food Truck Crash

An Ashburn woman was killed and four others seriously injured in a Friday afternoon crash on Evergreen Mills Road south of Leesburg.

According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened around 4:50 p.m. when the driver of a 2000 Thomas bus, which had been converted into the Dane’s Great American Hamburger food truck, was traveling east on Watson Road and ran the stop sign at the Evergreen Mills Road intersection. The bus hit a 2014 Audi Station wagon traveling northbound on Evergreen Mills Road

The driver of the Audi, Erin T. Kaplan, 39, died at the scene. An adult passenger and three children passengers were airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital. One of the children was listed in critical condition.

The driver of the bus and two children passengers were taken to the StoneSprings Hospital Center emergency room where they were treated and released.

The road was closed for eight hours during the investigation and clean up.

The investigation is continuing and charges are pending after review by the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.

It was the 16th highway fatality on Loudoun County Roads in 2017.

As of Monday, a community fundraising effort established to support the family by helping to pay for funeral and medical expenses had already surpassed its $50,000 goal.

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