Thursday evening accident closes Victory Ave, sends five to hospital


GRAFTON—A vehicle accident sent five patients to the hospital, Thursday evening.

The call came into the Harrison-Taylor County 911 Dispatch center of a multiple vehicle accident at 5:20 p.m., and individuals involved were requesting emergency medical squad (EMS) assistance.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene of a four-vehicle accident on Victory Avenue, U.S. Route 119 North, near the intersection with Park Boulevard.

Upon arrival, first responders reported that a black Jeep had come to rest on the driver’s side of the vehicle, and two other vehicles, a white Dodge Caravan and a blue Chevrolet Trax, had been involved in the accident.

Through the investigation, it was learned that there was a fourth vehicle, a red Ford Escape, was also involved.

The decision was made to close down a portion of Victory Avenue, rerouting traffic down Haymond Road in the Brownlow area, to avoid the accident scene. The Grafton Fire Department assisted with traffic control during the duration of the investigation on scene.

Taylor County EMS and the Flemington Area EMS responded to the scene for patient care. According to officials, there were five patients with minor injuries and lacerations requesting transport to Grafton City Hospital for evaluation.

Patrolman Paul Collins, with the Grafton Police Department, revealed that it is believed the Jeep, that was travelling North on Victory Avenue, swerved to miss another car pulling out of a side street, and struck the Caravan and the Trax that were in the southbound lane.

Various wrecker services were called to the scene to transport the disabled vehicles.

After the approximate one-and-a-half-hour investigation, the scene was cleared, and the road was reopened to travel again.

According to Collins, the accident is still under investigation by the Grafton City Police Department.

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