Man Dies When Car Hits Guardrail and Overturns in Buckhannon

Posted on Dec 20, 2011

December 20, 2011 – Buckhannon, W.Va. – A single-vehicle car accident just west of Buckhannon left a man dead on Monday, December 19.

A news report, on WBOY, indicates the incident happened around 10:30 a.m. on US Route 33, near Finks Run Road. Officials said that 22-year-old John Derrick Davis, of Clarksburg, was driving westbound on the road when he lost control of his vehicle and went across the median.

Davis’s vehicle then crossed the eastbound lanes and crashed into a guardrail, which caused it to overturn. The car rolled several times before it landed upside-down in Finks Run Creek.

Davis suffered fatal wounds in the accident. He died on the scene.

There were no passengers in Davis’s vehicle and no other vehicles were involved in the crash. No other injuries or fatalities have been brought forth.

The cause of the accident remains to be determined. The Upshur County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Officials with the Upshur County EMS, Buckhannon Fire Department and W.Va. Division of Highways were also on the scene in response to the accident.

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.

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