Fatal wreck on Siloam farm


By Terri Flagg - [email protected]



A Siloam man was killed Friday when equipment he was operating on his Quaker Church Road farm overturned, authorities say.

The victim, Joel Carroll Dotson, 56, had been driving “a farm-type vehicle,” with a friend, said John Shelton, director of emergency services for Surry County.

Shelton described the vehicle as a small ATV that carried passengers but did not confirm its make and model.

Dotson lost control of the vehicle while on a downhill slope and it overturned several times, according to Shelton.

“He came partially out of the vehicle when it rolled,” he said.

Emergency services received the call at about 6:40 p.m.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, apparently of head injuries, Shelton said.

Though awaiting reports, Shelton said alcohol use or drugs did not appear to be a factor in the accident.

The vehicle was equipped with restraining devices.

Shelton said he thought the passenger, who was not injured, was restrained, but the victim had not been.

“I wouldn’t want to say he was driving recklessly,” Shelton said. “The manner which he was operating the vehicle he probably shouldn’t have.”

Deputies with the Surry County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident.

“We did come down there because it was an unusual death,” said Sheriff Graham Atkinson. “We just took the report.”

Shelton noted, “It’s just a very unfortunate type of accident.”

An earlier version of this article misspelled the last name of the victim.

By Terri Flagg

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