May 24, 2012 – Kanawha County, W.Va. – A man is in critical condition after his ATV was hit by a coal truck on Tuesday, May 22.
WSAZ reports that the accident happened shortly after 9 p.m. on Cabin Creek Road. Deputies of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department said that Timothy Butcher was driving his ATV along the roadway when he was struck by a coal truck.
The driver of the coal truck was attempting to turn off of the road and failed to see Butcher because the ATV’s lights were not on.
Butcher was seriously injured in the crash. He was transported to a local hospital and was reported to be in critical condition in the ICU as of Wednesday, May 23.
Butcher’s license had been revoked prior to this crash. He was also driving without insurance. Deputies said that alcohol may have been a factor in the accident. They are still investigating.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2010 West Virginia Crash Statistics show that there were 315 fatalities as a result of car accidents in West Virginia.
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