MEADOR — An ATV crash in the Meador/Matewan area has left one man dead. An investigation is underway to to determine the cause of the fatal accident.
Mingo County Sheriff’s Department’s (MCSD) Chief Joe Smith told Williamson Daily News that the accident occurred on Monday night between 9:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. after the victim, William Ray Hatfield, 26, left his father’s house not far from the scene of the accident.
Cpl. Norman Mines was the officer on the scene and was assisted by the Matewan Volunteer Fire Department and the Mingo County Medical examiner. Mines said that Hatfield was headed north on County Route 6 near the Meador and Matewan area. Mines said that the vehicle went off the roadway on the east side of the road and landed into a creek. Hatfield was thrown from the ATV he was driving and landed in the water.
The accident was not discovered at the time it happened. It wasn’t until Tuesday afternoon, around 3:00 p.m., that a passerby noticed Hatfield and his ATV in the water. Hatfield was not wearing a safety helmet.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the MCSD.
Cindy Moore is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. To contact Cindy by phone please call 304-235-4242 ext. 2278 or by email at [email protected]