TAYLOR COUNTY—Emergency personnel responded to the scene of a three-vehicle accident that sent one patient to the hospital and shut down the roadway on Monday afternoon.
According to Taylor County Sheriff Chief Deputy Randy Durrett, a Subaru Impreza, driven by a 29-year-old female, was traveling west on US Route 50, when it crossed over the double yellow lines and struck a Ford F150 truck, operated by a 35-year-old male, that was traveling east, nearly head on.
The impact happened so swiftly that a Chevrolet Silverado, driven by a male in his 20s, traveling behind the Ford truck did not have time to stop, causing the driver to be involved in a same direction sideswipe of the Ford and a collision with the Subaru, in the eastbound lane.
Following the impacts, the Subaru came to rest in the parking lot of the Auto Junction.
The drivers of the trucks reported only minor injuries and refused medical treatment or transport from the scene. The female driver of the Subaru however did not fare so well and was transported by the Taylor County Emergency Squad to Grafton City Hospital, where she was airlifted by HealthNet to J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital.
It was later reported by her husband that she had suffered from a broken arm and collar bone and would need surgery.
Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputy Zane Dobbins is leading the investigation, which is still on going. Because it is still an active case, no drivers have been cited thus far.
Dobbins was assisted on scene by Durrett, along with Corporal Loren Knotts with the West Virginia State Police. The Grafton Fire Department was also on scene to assist with patient care.
Following the removal of the vehicles and a clearing of vehicular fluids from the crash scene, Route 50 was reopened to traffic.