WDTV reports that the incident happened at about 1:30 p.m. on Route 19. Officials said that an SUV was travelling northbound on the road when its driver lost control of his vehicle, resulting in it crashing into a utility pole. The SUV then rolled over, landing on the driver’s side.
The man that was driving the SUV was injured in the accident. He had to be transported via medical helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital to seek treatment. The extent of his injuries is currently unknown. The driver’s identity has not been released.
Residents in the area had no power for about an hour following the accident while the power company worked to repair the phone lines.
The root of the accident remains to be determined and is under investigation by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.
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.