- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 20, 2007



Missing tot found on logging trail

The disappearance of a toddler in Louisa County has a happy ending.

Searchers found 2-year-old Matthew Hollis yesterday after he wandered away from his home late Monday, wearing only a diaper.

Search teams from across Virginia joined the ground and air search for Matthew, whose family lives about four miles from Louisa.

Theresa Crossland with Tidewater Search and Rescue and another searcher found him just before noon. Miss Crossland said she heard a voice at the end of a logging trail calling “Matt-Matt.” It was the little boy, saying his name.

Miss Crossland said that his diaper was gone and that he was a little scratched up from being in the woods overnight but otherwise appeared to be happy and in good health.


Woman survives after train hits car

A Chester woman who survived when her car was struck by a train going 70 mph told police that her vehicle got stuck on the railroad crossing.

Chesterfield County police said Linda Gilyard, 54, was seriously injured when the train split her 2001 Chevrolet Impala in half on Saturday.

Sgt. Kenneth James said Miss Gilyard told police that her tires got stuck in the rails as she drove over the crossing, and then the crossing gates came down.

The engineer of the Amtrak passenger train told police that the train was traveling at about 70 mph when he spotted the car on the tracks and stopped the train, but could not avoid hitting the car.

The crash is still under investigation.

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