Driver walks away from dangerous wreck


GRAFTON—One local woman was lucky to walk away with only minor injuries when her jeep left the roadway and struck a tree early Tuesday morning.

Shortly after 8:00 a.m., on Tuesday morning, a call came in to Harrison-Taylor County 911, from the driver of a jeep, that she had been involved in a single-vehicle accident and was trapped inside of her vehicle.

According to officials, the driver reported that she had fallen asleep while traveling home from work, in the Blueville area of Taylor County. Her vehicle left the roadway and traveled down a small hill, where she struck a tree before coming to a stop.

The victim was trapped inside the jeep when the engine caught fire.

When crews arrived on scene, the cab of the jeep was beginning to fill with smoke and flames had spread to the tree. Members of the Grafton Fire Department sprang into action, dousing the flames, so that they could begin working to remove the trapped driver.

The driver was eventually freed from the wreckage and was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital by the Taylor County Emergency Medical Squad to be checked over.

Luckily, the driver sustained only minor injuries.

Officers with the Grafton Police Department also responded to the scene to help.

The accident is still under investigation by the West Virginia State Police-Grafton Detachment.

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