Bedford Co. First Responders Coping With Deadly Accidents

Skid Marks From Accident Sunday

Bedford Co., VA - As a Bedford County community grieves the loss of three teens in two separate car accidents, the community's first responders are also finding ways to cope.

The Stewartsville-Chamblissburg Fire Department was the first to respond to both crash scenes.

The department's chaplain says there are people for members to talk to, if they need to.

State Police also have a team in place to help troopers who respond to incident after incident over the course of their careers.

"This accumulation creates a boiling pot," said Sgt. Buddy Davis. "It's an emotional turmoil to struggle with it, deal with it. We're all human and we only can deal with so much."

After a major incident State Police usually hold a de-briefing, that may include peer support or mental health counseling, within 48 to 72 hours.

Funeral arrangements have been made for Ashley Barton, the 17-year-old killed in a crash Sunday night in Bedford County.

Her visitation is set for Friday, November 16 at Oakey's Funeral Home in Vinton. Her funeral is noon Saturday at Goodview Baptist Church.