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Accident Injures Three, Stops Traffic

By Staff | Feb 23, 2011

A head-on collision involving a car and two trucks sent three to the hospital and stopped traffic on state Route 7 for approximately an hour Monday afternoon.

Wetzel County Sheriff James Hoskins said at about 3:45 p.m. a small white car traveling west collided with two red Ford pick-up trucks going east one-quarter mile east of the former Steele Construction Building, or approximately one mile east of state Route 7’s intersection with state Route 2. While the incident is still under investigation by the Wetzel County Sheriff Office,

Hoskins said it appeared the white car struck the first truck and then continued to be out of control and hit the second truck about 60 yards further east.

“We are still determining what actually happened,” said Hoskins, “but it appears that conditions of the road may have played a part in it.” It was raining at the time of the incident. Charges are pending.

The New Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department had to use Jaws of Life to get the female driver out the car. She was transported to Wetzel County Hospital and then taken to a Morgantown-area hospital where she was treated for broken ribs and a collapsed lung. “She appears to be doing better at this point,” said Hoskins Tuesday afternoon.

A female driver and female passenger in the second truck were also taken to WCH for minor injuries. The male driver of the first truck was not transported to a medical facility.

All three vehicles were not drivable and may be a total loss, according to Hoskins. He further said there did not appear to be any damage to State Road property.

In addition to Hoskins and the NMVFD, the New Martinsville Emergency Medical Squad, WCSO Deputy Eric Daugherty, New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil, and 911 employee Gary Glasscock, who is also a volunteer fireman, were on the scene.