The Charleston Gazette reports that the accident occurred shortly before midnight February 12 on U.S. 52 near the Mingo County line. Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Shefflette was pursuing another car in a police chase when his cruiser crashed into a second vehicle. The vehicle that was hit was not the one that police were pursuing.
Shefflette and the driver of the second vehicle were both injured in the crash. The driver was transported to a local hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.
West Virginia State Police Spokesperson Sgt. Michael Baylous said that Shefflette appeared to be more severely injured. Shefflette was also taken to a local hospital.
The accident is under ongoing investigation. All further investigations are being handled by the West Virginia State Police.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2009 West Virginia Crash Statistics show that there were 356 fatalities as a result of car accidents in West Virginia.
In an effort to raise awareness of common factors in serious and fatal car accidents in West Virginia, our firm routinely publishes news items about traffic crashes in our region.
Common West Virginia accidents include, but are not limited to:
- single-car crashes;
- tractor-trailer accidents;
- accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
- distracted driver crashes.