SARAH ANN – On Tuesday evening at approximately 5:00 p.m., a car accident took place on US Route 52 at the four way intersection on top of Horsepen mountain.
A GMC Sierra truck was traveling north on State Route 44 toward Logan when the driver stopped at the intersection to let multiple cars traveling south on Route 44 turn.
After multiple vehicles turned, the driver of the GMC proceeded to pull into the intersection when a Chevrolet Cobalt traveling south on US Rt. 52 crashed into the truck head on causing the truck to spin around and face the opposite direction. The truck was impacted on the rear drivers side.
“I stopped to let a few people go and then when I pulled in the intersection, he was right there,” said the driver of the GMC. “I didn’t even really seen him until we had already hit.”
Ella Smith, a Florida resident who was in town visiting family and was an eyewitness to the accident corroborated the story of the GMC driver.
“The driver of the truck stopped at the intersection to let a few people who were ahead of me go on and then he pulled out,” said Smith. “But the car just popped around that curve and was going pretty fast, maybe 55 or 60 miles per hour. It really didn’t look like it was anyone’s fault. There needs to be a red light here because this is dangerous.”
The speed limit in that area is 55 miles per hour.
The Gilbert Volunteer Fire Department were the first to respond to the scene and immediately began assisting oncoming traffic navigate through the congested intersection.
J.D. Endicott with the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the scene shortly after followed by Elite Care Ambulance services and then STAT EMS.
The driver of the GMC initially reported no injuries other than a burning from his airbag on the right side of his face while the driver of the Cobalt remained stationary in his vehicle until the ambulance arrived.
Elite Care assisted the driver out of the Cobalt where he was placed onto a gurney and loaded into the ambulance. The driver was taken to Logan Regional Medical Center.
Trooper J.D. Matheny with the West Virginia State Police arrived to the scene at approximately 5:55 p.m. and proceeded to speak to the GMC driver and the eyewitness.
This is not the first accident to happen at the intersection which left bystanders and people who stopped to check on the drivers before first responders arrived to question why there had not been a red light placed at the intersection.
No further details are known at this time about the condition of either driver. Trooper J.D. Matheny is the investigating officer of the accident.
Madalin Sammons is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. Madalin can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at 304-664-8225.