By Rachel Baldwin Staff Writer
September 3, 2013
E. WILLIAMSON - Two men who borrowed a vehicle from a friend were traveling toward Delbarton on U.S. 52 when the truck lost power and stalled out, and was struck in the rear by a car following close behind while the driver of the incapacitated vehicle was attempting to pull it off the roadway.
According to Williamson Police Chief Barry Blair and Officer Bert Gibson, William Crabtree was traveling out of Williamson on Rt. 52, along with his passenger, Matthew Spurlock, both from Pigeon Creek, in a Chevrolet 1500 that belonged to a family member when the engine began sputtering and stalled out in the roadway. Crabtree was attempting to restart the truck and maneuver it off to the side of the road when they were struck by a Lincoln Town Car operated by Donald Bishop from Taylorville. Donald’s wife Judy Bishop was also accompanying her husband.
None of the individuals involved in the accident agreed to be transported to a local hospital, although both of the Bishops’ stated they suffered from health issues not associated with the accident.
The Williamson Fire Department and the Mingo County Emergency Services Ambulance responded to the call and performed patient evaluations and also aided with traffic control and clean-up of the scene. The accident remains under investigation and thus far, no citations have been issued.