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Wrecks Keep Cops Busy on Rt. 20

By Staff | Dec 31, 2014

Despite being a fairly normal-traffic area, Route 20 near the American Legion Field has been the scene of two traffic accidents in just over a week’s time, one accident causing a fatality.

The Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 10:30 p.m. Dec. 21, concerning the first accident.

According to Chief Deputy Mike Koontz, a vehicle travelling south on Route 20 lost control and went off the road, striking several trees and overturned in the creek, on its top.

Koontz said there was on occupant in the vehicle, the driver, who was pronounced deceased at the scene. Koontz said the driver was from Georgia, and the cause of the accident has not yet been determined and is still under investigation.

Koontz said Deputy Dave Howell investigated the accident, with Deputy Mary Bordenkircher assisting.

Jacksonburg, Pine Grove and Reader volunteer fire departments all responded to the accident, along with Folsom EMS.

The second accident on Route 20, near the American Legion Field turn, occurred at approximately 6:55 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Koontz said the vehicle was headed north at the time but went off the road and rolled over into the creek. He said the vehicle came to rest on its wheels in the creek.

Koontz said there was one occupant in the vehicle, the driver, who later stated that he fell asleep.

The driver was not injured, and there was no other property damage. Koontz said the driver proceeded to go to work after the accident.

Pine Grove Volunteer Fire Department responded to the accident, which was investigated by WCSO Deputy Rob Hayes.