The Times West Virginian

December 24, 2013

Driver sent to hospital after car wreck

By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian

BUNNER RIDGE — One man was sent to the hospital after his van hit a telephone pole, then a tree Monday afternoon on Bunner Ridge.

Around 1 p.m. Monday, emergency crews were called to Prickett’s Creek Road off Bunner Ridge Road after receiving a call about a car going over an embankment. When crews arrived, the vehicle had not gone over an embankment.

Deputy Brian Speakman with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, said when he got to the scene, it appeared that the driver crossed into the opposite lane, going off the road.

“He went off the road, hit the telephone pole and then came to a stop at the trees,” he said.

The driver was taken to Fairmont General Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. Speakman said if the telephone pole or trees were not there, the accident could have been worse and the car would have fallen over the embankment.

“He’s pretty lucky today,” Speakman said.

After investigating the accident, Speakman said there is a possibility that the incident was medical-related and that there was another vehicle involved.

“It’s possible there was another vehicle that fled the scene,” he said. “We’re not sure of that yet.”

Speakman said it didn’t appear that the accident caused any power outages but may have disrupted a cable box.

“It knocked the cable box off,” he said. “There might be some angry online shoppers.”

Wet roads could have also played a factor in the incident.

On Monday, a rain storm reaching from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico swept across the mid west and east coast throughout the day. According to AccuWeather.com, the rain belt came through north central West Virginia in the morning and afternoon Monday with temperatures just above freezing.

Email Emily Gallagher at egallagher@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @EGallagherTWV.